Fall 2006 enrollment results
October 27, 2006
A central element of the strategic plan for the campus encompassed in the UM-Dearborn Metropolitan Vision is the goal of growing our enrollments over the next decade, to a target student body of 12,000. I know that you will be interested in this fall's outcomes for enrollments.
I am pleased to report that we have the highest number of new undergraduate students in the history of the campus, a total of 1,531. We saw a significant increase of 11 percent in our new transfer students. We did not enjoy the same success with our FTIACs (first time in any college); we experienced a 4.5 percent decline from last yearís high FTIAC population, for a total of 802. This decline in our FTIACs contributed to our missing our overall enrollment growth target for new students.
This year's incoming class continues to show the high academic quality that UM-Dearborn represents. Our enrolled FTIAC students are a highly qualified group, with high-school GPA and ACT scores remaining at 3.5 and 24 respectively. Our admissions staff was able to generate the largest level of applications for admission in our campus history. We also had the largest number of qualified students ever to be admitted. I believe this shows that our messages are starting to get out to a larger number of prospective students. Our challenge now as a campus is to get more of them to decide to attend.
Another promising sign for future enrollment growth is the fact that we have reversed our decline in new graduate students, primarily driven by the 42 percent growth in the College of Business and a 44 percent growth in the School of Education. This growth more than offset this year's 13 percent decline in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
The campus achieved growth in another important measure of enrollments, credit hour production. Undergraduate credit hours increased 1.7 percent over fall 2005, and overall our credit-hour production increased 1 percent over fall 2005. While our gall enrollment reflects enough success to ensure that our budget is secure this year, it does leave us with work to do for next year.
Stanley Henderson, vice chancellor for enrollment management and student life, will be doing an analysis of our undergraduate recruitment and enrollment in the coming months. You will be hearing more about this, and about our planned strategies to achieve our enrollment growth goals for Fall 2007, from Stan. Understanding how each of us impacts the enrollment and retention of students is key to our growth strategy. Stan will help us understand how we can help make this aspiration a reality, and in the process help us serve the needs of the metropolitan community.
My thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen. I would like to single out two groups in particular for their hard work and success. First, the staff in the Office of Admissions and Orientation have done an excellent job of revitalizing our undergraduate recruitment efforts. Significant work has been put into improving the office and its operations. I know that director Christopher Tremblay has much more he wants to accomplish, but the office has significantly improved many things over the past two years. These efforts are beginning to pay off in the number of applications received and students admitted. Second, I want to acknowledge the excellent work of the College of Business. In particular, thank you to Sue Wells and Mary Howard and their staffs. Their hard work had significant results for the school and for the campus.
Thank you for all your hard work. Letís focus on achieving even greater success next year!