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November 5, 2015

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Enrollment Management Council

November 5, 2015

Present: Belinda Alvarado, Julie Dewan, Jen DeWeerth, Matt Fikes, Rich Haubert, Bill McDonald, Jake Mihevc
Excused: Jason Carpenter, Bob Decker, Dan Ianno, Lew Kahler
Agenda
1. Data informed modeling for enrollment projections
Matt presented a set of data related to headcount, dis-aggregated several ways, going back several years as well as graduation data. (He distributed the tables electronically after the meeting as well). There was discussion about the cohort break outs, and overall trends. It was noted that if we are considering 2008 the prerecession normal, fall 2015 is pretty close to those numbers on most of the graphs (transfer, continuing/returning, part time and full time, and total headcount.)
More information is still needed to build a solid model. Jake is keeping a list of factors with the potential to improve expected numbers/influence enrollment, such as new programs. Jen will ask Jim Lynch for a written summary of the model he used for projections for several years. There was discussion of the role of high school graduation class size, dual credit growth, and enrollment as a product of recruitment/new student enrollment, retention, graduation rate (better and faster completion can lower continued enrollment, and even program mix (loss of 600 prenursing students).
Once a model is prepared, the next step is test it against historical data.
2. Updates on recommendations
  • Creator Handbook. No further report on the handbook. Lew and Jake are looking for at least one more new program start to use as a case study.
  • Adult Learners. Carolyn DeJohn’s survey has already had 200 responses. She has a 25 page summary of the preliminary results. (Jen distributed electronically following the meeting). The results to date skew heavily toward female respondents on the high end of the education and income scale. Carolyn is trying to reach out to local social service agencies to reach more of the potential market for our credit programs—lower income, undereducated (no degree). Jen noted in the survey that credit for prior learning was the highest scoring factor (even more than financial assistance) one factor like financial assistance, in answer to the question of “what service would motivate you to enroll in a college program?” There is a northeast consortium of community colleges that has published a handbook for enhancing prior learning assessment opportunities. (This was distributed electronically following the meeting.)
  • International recruitment. The recommendation was sent on Monday.
  • Transfer program. Lew will be on the agenda in future with the question of how we can maximize seamless transfer, and new university center and transfer partnerships for enrollment (not just to transfer more students to bachelor’s programs successfully, but to attract more students to enroll at MVCC because of that).
3. Meeting with Charter Contact 11/19
A preliminary agenda was discussed for our next meeting. Our main goal is to provide an overview of the projects we’ve been working on and ask whether we are on track.
  1. Charter review and check in
  2. Plan for data informed recommendations and tracking.
  3. Formats and timelines for college community communication.
  4. Enrollment projection model and timeline