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October 22, 2015

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Enrollment Management Council

October 22, 2015

Present: Belinda Alvarado, Jason Carpenter, Julie Dewan, Jen DeWeerth, Rich Haubert, Dan Ianno, Lew Kahler, Jake Mihevc
Excused: Bob Decker, Matt Fikes, Bill McDonald
Agenda
1. International Recruitment Work Group Recommendation
  • There was a brief discussion regarding the International Recruitment Workgroup presentation of 10/8.
  • Lew volunteered to draft a related recommendation to endorse the allocation of resources toward international recruitment as well an intensive English program to meet the needs of those populations. Something will be sent out next week, and with responses via email, the recommendation could be sent before our next meeting. The recipients, following our nano model would be: VPLAA, CLLD Dean, VPSA (charter contact), and SPC Chair.
2. Enrollment Projection Discussion
  • Dan presented an overview of the Fall 2015 class, including overall comparison to 2014 as well as sub groups such as first time from high school, transfer students, capture rate from Oneida high schools, 25 and over, 19-24 year olds. We’ve seen big decreases in adult learners, decreased in transfer, and have lower part-time enrollments than we could. Her reviewed recruitment strategies currently underway.
  • We discussed methods of arriving at enrollment projections. Macro variables (recessions) are hard to anticipate as are key local changes such as large business downsizing. There has not been a correlation in recent years between Oneida County graduating high school class size and our enrollment. Questions included: what was our enrollment right before the recession started in fall 2008? How do completion efforts and retention efforts figure in to enrollment? What about efforts or changes with specific subgroups such as veterans, new or changing academic programs, dual credit, international students, an evening cohort, etc.?
  • There was initial discussion about whether the IR projection of flat enrollment for 2015-16 were on target, or if a more conservative number is right. Are we at the bottom of the post- recession enrollment drops, or do we have a little left to go, or are we already going to start a slight uptick in Fall 2016?
  • Most of the group dissatisfied with the lack of data to make a good projection. Suggestion to collect more detailed subgroup information and trends, and build a model to make a projection and then assess it moving forward.
3. Creator Handbook Update
  • Jake gave a brief update on the progress of the handbook. They have two recent successful programs to use as case study examples, but need one more. There were several suggestions.
Next Steps
  • Lew will draft and council finalize international recruitment recommendation and send.
  • Jake will begin mapping out research needs and gathering data toward a more well informed projection and enrollment projection model.
  • Jen will report back to Cabinet liaison regarding the enrollment projection discussion.