[Vision2020] BYU-Idaho Enrollment
gweitz at moscow.com
Sat Sep 30 23:16:10 PDT 2006
UI needs a boost with a business/ed research park similar to say Chapel
Hill, N.C.. WSU/Pullman/IU/Moscow are the assets. As Ed Schweitzer
said, we live in a sea of land and a declining population. Schweitzer
Engineering has a challenge in recruitment and expansion due to the lack of
housing and population. Schweitzer has said that his company in not in the
real estate business, yet had to develop over 90 acres for housing. The no
growth folks are hurting the UI, our area's potential, and Schweitzer.
The UI is down 737 students state wide, with a decline of 628 at the
Moscow campus. BSU is up 277 to 18,876 (BSU has increased enrollment 9 out
of the last 10 years). BYU/Idaho is up 1220 students. Within five years,
at present growth rates, BYU/Idaho will see 20,000 students and within 10
years 30,000. Recall, BYU/Idaho with President Kim Clark, the immediate
former dean of Harvard Business School, has three imperitives: 1) Vastly
increase enrollment, 2) vastly improve educational quality, and 3) keep
relative educational costs down. Note that BYU/Provo turns away
qualifiedsutdents-- about as many that apply.. I would guess: one of the
church's motives for expansion. BYU/Provo is a high educational quality
school. UI will most likely benefit at the graduate level due to BYU/Idaho
enrollment increases and mostly likely will see a decline in LDS kids at
the undergraduate level.
ISU has lost about10% this year ( a decline of over 1200 ). UI officials
anticipated that its Twin Falls campus would suffer large declines and made
the right move to transfer out. Presently, UI's commendable response is
to place a lot of effort into recruitment and quality, however all Idaho
Public Universities will following suit and the competition will be
strong. The result may be little net gain.
There will be a push by UI to have a strong presence in CDA. Presently,
for example, CDA has been begging UI for a MBA program in their
area. Money is the issue.. Gonzaga has filled the MBA role so far and is
expensive. The MBA needs to be tailored for the working professional.
Here is the challange: If the community keeps up with its petty politics,
such as stopping safe highways, serving an eviction notice to the
Alternative High School, not dealing with water and other
infrastructure..schools, losing its commerical base to the Pullman
corridor, then the UI will have to accept declines in status, funding, and
enrollment. It will be like Ohio University vs Ohio State University in
dealing with BSU. All of higher ed will now have to compete with k-12 if
the economy softens due to the sales tax shift.
Boise will get a community college and should.. adding more competition for
the ed dollar.
Yet, there exists a tremendous potential here on the Palouse for a robust
economy and thriving Universities. Think of the possiblities in
alternative energy, global warming solutions (after all the ozone layer has
almost been restored), agriculture, water, etc. and the spin off's. Think
of how much value Schweitzer Engineering has added to humankind and this
area. Think of how the UI's reputation would be enhanced..the MIT of the
west. The Palouse Universities have the potential of being defining 21th
Century institutions. The community must embrace growth and change (the
Now Tom, what are you going to do and what postion are you going to
At 04:12 PM 9/26/06, Tom Trail wrote:
>One should keep an eye on the enrollment trends in S.E. Idaho. The
>enrollment at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg is over 15,000, and experts predict
>that within a few years it will overtake BSU and thus become the largest
>institution of higher learning in Idaho. The 9% drop in enrollment at
>ISU may be partially attributed competition with BYU-Idaho.
>Rep. Tom Trail
>Dr. Tom Trail
>1375 Mt. View Rd.
>Moscow, Id. 83843
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