As you undoubtedly know, the University’s official census date was last week Tuesday. Overall University enrollment stands at 16,238 (+.30% from prior year) with the SOE at 1,033 students (-15.189%) with total credit hours of 7,976 (-9.199%). These numbers reflect undergraduate enrollment of 390 (-20.245%) and graduate enrollment at 643 (-11.797%). Seven of the University’s 13 academic units faced decreases in both undergraduate and graduate enrollment. The SOE’s undergraduate credit hours are down by slightly more than 9% with graduate credit hours down 8.5%.
In an effort to help stem this repetitive decline in enrollment the School continues to face, I am pleased to report that Ms. Erica Hernandez-Scott has agreed to serve as an undergraduate student recruiter for ten hours per week through the end of the semester in addition to her responsibilities as associate teaching professor in CIL. Part of her role will be to help Assistant Dean Christine Timmerman develop a comprehensive recruiting plan and job description in the event we are able to secure approval for a full-time recruiter.
I would also like to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Beverlye Brown who is working as a consultant in ELPF during the spring semester. Among her duties, she will coordinate student advising, respond to student inquiries for the HE program, and facilitate meetings for recruitment purposes.
Please help me extend congratulations to Drs. Donna Davis and Marie McCarther on their receipt of one of the 2015 Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Diversity. They and other university awardees will be honored at a campus-wide Celebration of Excellence Faculty & Staff Awards Ceremony on March 19th. We are proud of their work in furthering our mission and the professional excellence of the School.
Please also help me provide a warm ROO welcome to Dr. Micheal Strohschein who started today as director of Continuing and Professional Education. His office is located in room 24.
The 19th Annual Tribal Law & Government Conference: The Future of Indian Education will be held Friday, March 13th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Burge Union at KU in Lawrence. This conference is free for those interested in attending; RSVP to law.ku.edu/indian-education. Our own Mr. Connor Warner is among the panelists for “History of Indian Education and the Status Quo.”
As a final reminder for two upcoming deadlines, the University is now accepting nominations for its 2016 Alumni Achievement Awards. If any of you know of alumni doing outstanding work in their field and deserving of recognition from their alma mater, please submit a nomination by the March 2nd deadline. Applications for SOE scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students for the 2015-16 academic year also have a March 2nd deadline. Please encourage your students to apply.
And, finally, our sixth annual Urban Education and Community Forum is next week. I encourage all of you who have not yet submitted an RSVP to do so. Freeman Hrabowski, Ph.D., will speak about strategies to help more students from all backgrounds excel in his presentation, “What it takes for Effective Urban Education: the Role of Universities in Transforming Communities.” Doors to Pierson Auditorium will open Tuesday, March 3rd, at 4:30 p.m.
Have a productive week.