Enrollment Management: Comments from 10/20/11

Members of campus were asked what they would create, keep, and discard regarding Enrollment Management. The following are their responses:

Create

•Student support services to go with the growth of online programs.

•Need to be able to offer out of state tuition waivers for graduate students employed on grants in order to attract high quality graduate students.

•Hide certain general education courses or major courses and only open those sections before freshman orientation, because courses are filling up too quickly before orientation even begins.

•Referral credit for tuition

•Develop systems to ensure that adequate personalized support is available to new students who are trying to navigate our course registration system. PPCC offers excellent personalized assistance - maybe we can learn from them.

•Standardization of graduate program communications and requirements - requirement that all applications be completed online.

•More online programs.

•More housing for freshmen and older students - more than is currently planned for the future.

•More robust summer session - we need our population and community to realize that we have a summer session and that it can be a third semester option. Begin to tell students about summer courses in the fall

•Predictive modeling for recruitment and retention to focus on students who can be the most successful. Retention is a huge part of enrollment and should be included.

•More department specific advising.

•Offer transcript evaluation free of charge and quickly - can be used as a recruitment tool for transfer students interested in online degree completion.

•Have routine meetings with recruiters and departments so it is made clear of what professions students can be prepared for when they leave UCCS, or what they may need to go elsewhere to get.

•Make sure we have support for the students that we admit - make this an important part of admissions.

•Accept ACE credit for military MOS that are equivalent to our courses

•Application deadlines - real deadlines

•Create an on the ground counselor position throughout the southern parts of Denver, and begin relationships with the students and parents in high schools and middle schools.

•Start involving other units on campus in enrollment related issues.

•A letter culture regarding the process of enrolling that is more welcoming, more helpful, and more friendly. Make sure that departments are aware of the goals of recruitment.

•Increase the amount of staff here in order to accommodate the increasing growth amongst the student population.

•Create more grants and scholarship opportunities for students in need, and provide financial incentives for students to attend UCCS.

•Get ISIS up to date, and get all of the bugs worked out.

•Residential Learning Communities

•Sophomore senior experiences.

•More partnerships from schools where we receive the most transfer students from like PPCC. Create more programs for these transfer students

•Strategic plan that is rolled out to all colleges. This plan should be worked through with the colleges to assist with campus wide support and buy-in

•Create and keep the Leadership Team. Enrollment management can play a huge roll in FDC.

•Add other sports teams recognized by the college to increase enrollment, such as a football team.

•Require admissions interviews as a way to ensure a high level of student quality in admissions. Make things more selective

•Include all students if possible in the discussion of how much UCS should grow

•Comprehensive international Student Support Center so that we can recruit International Students.

•Continue with diversity efforts, such as those presented by LGBT

•Provide a two day orientation program with students and parents in on-campus housing.

•Put a system into place to check student prerequisites before they are able to enroll into courses.

•Outreach to rural areas.

•More recruitment efforts on the Western slope.

•Make communications to students shorter and cleaner to ensure that they will read them.

•Second year experience

•A 24/7 system that accommodates online students who may live anywhere

•Automate manual processes to minimize the amount of time it takes to get a new student into the system

•Put a hold on requests for ACT scores and High School transcripts for transfer students until College transcripts are received and they are shown as needed.

•More merit-based scholarships with automatic consideration.

Keep

•Slightly raise enrollment standards/requirements. Perform very careful screening.

•Expand Weekend University, online courses, and hybrid courses. Focus on quality.

•Increase out of state recruiting. Mainly California. Seems to be working.

•Continue to fund and contribute to the Centers for Academic Excellence!

•Continual outreach to students

•Increase the quality of our student enrollment standards not necessarily the quantity. We don't want to grow too fast.

•The excellent transfer process.

•Online admissions applications, and create more undergraduate courses online. Allow non-degree students to enroll in these courses.

•Campus tours need to be improved. They are a MAJOR selling opportunity and should be treated very seriously.

•Add more courses that are for part of a semester and last about 5.5 hours a day.

•Partnerships with other colleges should remain.

•Excellent advertising efforts that include informative videos on the website as well as television ads. They are very effective.

•All campus freshman orientation.

•Add/maintain transfer specialists for college and community college students 

Discard

•Don't let students add classes after 1st day of class

•Growth without resources; classrooms, faculty, student support, staff

•Broad general growth goals, replaced by more finite and specific goals based on student populations and demographic tied to impact on campus programs and services

•Decrease the amount of steps involve with the whole process it is too complicated

•Discard high growth targets, it is impossible to maintain intimate, caring atmosphere on campus (2 of the 4 most important points of the survey according to slide show) with 30,000 growth target.

•Stop printing hardcopy class schedules it is a waste!

•Have a more user friendly application process, shouldn't be frustrating for a new student to navigate

•We need to discard the notion that enrollment does not involve retention. Where is retention in this plan? Retention is a huge part of enrollment and should be included.

•Drain necessary funds from athletic teams.

•Poor communication from higher-ups: Include staff in more decision making that takes place between the faculty and administration.

•"Reach Higher" marketing sounds like "Retire"

•Don't penalize an employee/staff member for making changes to their class enrollment. Example: changing or dropping a course outside of the first week of classes. Let employees/staff members have the same enrollment opportunity at the beginning of class enrollment instead of having to wait until the first day of class to enroll.

•Last minute admits. Place a deadline on admissions and stick to it. Late admits are not generally successful and may have an unpleasant experience.