Spring enrollment increases again for the graduate college

Faculty to student ratio remains important to the university as enrollment increases

By Cameron Niblock
On April 3, 2015

Spring enrollment increase can secure a bright future for ASU.

Currently 4,855 undergraduates are enrolled this semester with only a 38 drop from the 4,893 enrolled last spring. For the graduate college 1,108 students are enrolled this spring which shows a 118 increase in enrollment compared to the 990 from the last spring semester.

This marks the eleventh consecutive semester that an increase has been recorded for the graduate college, according to statistics shown on the enrollment office web page.

“It’s hard to determine one specific factor that increases enrollment, but it definitely comes from a combination of different components,” President Brian J. May Ph.D., said.

One key factor that goes into retention is the freshman college, which helps incoming students by offering different programs, such as the signature courses, which provide a variety of different class subjects to help introduce dynamics behind college classes.

Some other factors include raising admissions standards and incorporating new recruiting strategies.

May said the Carr scholarship is a large proponent for recruiting incoming freshman because the Carr foundation continues to grow exponentially, providing more scholarships for students.

“This coming fall we are going to have a market increase due to dual credit,” May said. “We’re hoping that our focus for recruiting freshmen with the new endorsement strategies will pay off for the future of the campus.”

Any income above our budget can be used to hire more people or make upgrades to the campus, May said.

These improvements are based around the retention rates of students, and the campus makes it a top priority to not only keep students motivated in pursuing a degree that will benefit their future, but also allowing advancements to be made to enhance the college experience.

Student Body President, Jared Goecker, said more facilities and resources can be made available for the students, improving their overall education.

Despite the undergraduate programs moderate decrease, May said he is still enthusiastic that ASU will continue to thrive.

In regards to the question of whether increased enrollment could ever become a problem given ASU’s small campus setting, May said ASU could continue to operate efficiently with a number of students ranging from 8,500 to 10,000. He went on to say that a spike in enrollment on that scale is unlikely, given how the population of West Texas is expected to decline with the current drop in oil prices.

One factor that would be evaluated during a large increase in enrollment is making sure ASU doesn’t change its philosophy.

“We don’t want to lose sight of the quality of the faculty to student ratio,” May said. “It’s by design that ASU continues to hire friendly and qualified staff that will support the success of the students.”

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