[Vision2020] UI's Largest Incoming Freshman Class EVER

Wayne Price bear at moscow.com
Wed Sep 9 14:10:46 PDT 2009

The increase in numbers is great, but it looks like there will be more  
cuts soon, and at some point, U of I is going to have to cut campuses.

For instance, it is my understanding that there are about 40-50  
students enrolled down in the Idaho Falls campus. The Provost, Doug  
Baker wants to cut/merge course here at the
main campus for classes with less than 15 undergraduates or 8 graduate  
students.  Well, using that logic, what about cutting and saving the  
money that is now being spent on the <50 student campus down in Idaho  


On Sep 9, 2009, at 1:14 PM, Tom Hansen wrote:

> Courtesy of Steven R. Neiheisel (Assistant Vice President, Enrollment
> Management).
> ----------------------------------------------------
> September 9, 2009
> Dear Alumni and Friends:
> Tenth day enrollment figures for the University of Idaho will be  
> released
> this morning and will note the positive direction and the momentum  
> that is
> building for the future. Numerous positive specifics will be noted
> including:
> Nearly 1,800 new freshmen -- the university's largest-ever incoming
> freshman class. This marks the third consecutive year of increases.
> A large increase in the number of transfer students, 733 or 9.7  
> percent
> from a year ago.
> Overall statewide enrollment at the University of Idaho registered a  
> 1.4
> percent increase over the previous fall, to 11,957. This marks the  
> second
> consecutive increase for overall enrollment.
> Increases at regional centers in Boise, Coeur d'Alene, and Idaho  
> Falls.
> For incoming freshman, the numbers tell a great story about both high
> academic quality and leadership:
> 45 percent of the freshman class boasts a grade point average of 3.5  
> or
> greater,
> The average GPA increased to 3.43, up from 3.35 last year.
> The average ACT composite increased to 23.64, up from 23.10.
> 94 students who are former senior class or high school honor society
> presidents.
> 21 new National Merit Scholars, for an institutional total of 66 of  
> the
> prestigious scholars who are in the top one percent of the nation's  
> high
> school graduates.
> Enrollment success as described above is the result of a wide range of
> factors but alumni contributions are increasingly critical and  
> valuable
> factors. Special thanks to all the alumni who helped with recruiting
> events, funded a bus to Vandal Friday, worked college fairs both with
> recruitment staff or on their own, and successfully executed a
> wide-reaching phone campaign to admitted students. While everyone's
> program and service contributions are important, it's also important  
> to
> note that successful recruitment and retention is fundamentally  
> based on
> positive student experiences and ultimately on the success of our
> students. In many ways your conveying of your Vandal passion in every
> interaction and with every encounter is perhaps your most valuable
> contribution.
> I would like to take this opportunity to thank the alumni for all  
> their
> contributions to the institutional enrollment efforts and to  
> especially
> thank them for their passion and commitment to their alma mater that  
> they
> share in their day-to-day lives. Enrollment success is just one  
> measure of
> our university but it can serve as a reflection of our students'  
> success.
> The experiences you share of your successes in the classroom, in  
> research,
> on the playing fields, and across the range of out-of-classroom  
> activities
> represent the building blocks for student success and the most  
> valuable
> contributions you can make to the institutional enrollment effort.
> Finally, a reminder that the enrollment effort, in support of student
> success, is an ongoing institutional effort. Even as we note the
> enrollment successes for this fall, we continue to plan and provide
> programs for next year as we look to build on the current momentum and
> positive direction. Specifically, there are two key upcoming  
> university
> events:
> Envision Idaho, a major fall recruitment event aimed at high school
> seniors on Oct. 1 and 2,
> Transfer Preview Day, a major focus on students seeking to transfer  
> to the
> university, on Oct. 9.
> Please share the links below with prospective students (or their  
> parents)
> who would make great future Vandals. More information is available  
> online
> about:
> Envision Idaho at:
> http://www.uidaho.edu/envision
> Transfer Preview Day at:
> http://www.uidaho.edu/transferpreview
> Again, thank you for all you do to support the enrollment efforts  
> and the
> success of our students. I look forward to your continued support and
> contributions as we continue to move in a positive direction.
> Go Vandals!
> Sincerely,
> Steven R. Neiheisel
> Assistant Vice President, Enrollment Management
> ----------------------------------------------------
> Seeya round town, Moscow.
> Take pride, Vandals.
> Tom Hansen
> Moscow, Idaho
> UI '96
> Came a tribe from the north brave and bold . . .
> "Here We Have Idaho"
> http://www.tomandrodna.com/HWHI.mp3
> "I-D-A-H-O Idaho Idaho Go Go Go"
> http://www.tomandrodna.com/Vandals.mp3
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