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Enrollment a topic of Faculty Convocation

Photo of Provost Perrin speaking at faculty convocationProvost David H. Perrin shared enrollment figures and other data – much of it positive – at the 2013 General Faculty Meeting and Convocation.

Before his presentation, Chancellor Linda P. Brady spoke about the faculty’s work and how it is valued beyond the campus borders. “Not a day goes by I don’t hear about the incredible work our faculty do both inside and outside the classroom,” she said.

She made special note of Dr. David H. Perrin’s tenure as UNCG provost and his recent announcement to return to teaching at the end of the academic year. “We have made incredible strides since 2007 under Dave’s leadership,” she said, citing examples in interdisciplinary research, diversity and inclusiveness, efforts to promote and reward community-engaged scholarship and more.

“UNCG is a stronger institution – and Greensboro and the Triad a stronger community – because of his dedication and service,” she said, as the faculty applauded.

She addressed the upcoming search for a successor. She expects to finalize the search committee very soon. A national search firm will be selected within a month. The Oct. 16 faculty forum will present an opportunity for faculty to describe the characteristics envisioned for the next academic leader. There will be a web site related to the search process.

As an additional item, she noted the schedule of UNCG Board of Trustees meetings. “We welcome your attendance and engagement with the board,” she said. The schedule is at http://chancellor.uncg.edu/bot/meetings/index.htm

Provost’s presentation

“We have challenges with enrollment,” Provost Perrin told the faculty at the start of his presentation. An exception is distance learning.

Undergraduate enrollment is down 2.5 percent; graduate student enrollment is down 3.78 percent. Distance education student numbers have an increase this year, up 11.6 percent.

The total regular and distance enrollment is 17,676, down about 500 students compared to last fall.

(See article on rise in SAT scores and other entrance scores, related to UNCG’s commitment to raise entrance standards.)

Many institutions nationally are experiencing a dip in enrollment, he noted.

About 50 percent of UNCG’s undergraduates are Pell grant eligible. This speaks well to UNCG’s commitment to access, though it is a challenge in regard to student retention rates. One expert states that only about 7.5 percent of all Pell students can be expected to graduate where they first enroll.

Our university is in need of someone whose focus will enrollment management 24/7, he noted. UNCG hopes to have the new associate provost for enrollment management in place by January.

Looking at student success numbers, retention rates for first year students dropped, compared to the year before. The four-year and six-year graduation rates went up.

Some other figures of note:

  • 125 students are now enrolled in the UNCG Guarantee program
  • 128 students are in the UNCG in 3 program, where there are now 21 majors available
  • 1,000 students are in learning communities/LLCs/residential colleges
  • UNCG Career Services has had an increase of 56 percent in student contacts in the past year.
  • To date, UNCG has implemented 24 of the 29 points in the 2009-14 Strategic Plan, during a time in which UNCG has had $90 million in cuts.

He also noted a report showing UNCG contributed at least $598 million to the gross state product of the Burlington/Greensboro/Winston-Salem area.

See PowerPoint of the provost’s presentation here.

See accompanying article about UNCG’s increase in SAT rates.

By Mike Harris