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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

January enrollment, registration data positive

Eric Bucks
Eric Bucks, associate director of Student Financial Aid, works with a family at the Jan. 23 Financial Aid Workshop.

Enrollment at BGSU is looking up.

According to January enrollment and registration data, the University is making progress toward our enrollment goals. All state colleges and universities are required to report enrollment data to the state of Ohio on the 15th day after the start of classes.

The number of full-time equivalents (FTEs) this semester (which counts students on a 15-credit-hour basis) has increased by 232 from January 2009.

"While we're down slightly in total headcount (148 students), more FTEs increase our funding and show students are making a concerted effort to get their degree in four years," says Albert Colom, vice president for enrolment management. "Timely degree completion is a top priority for the state of Ohio and BGSU."

The 15-day enrollment report also shows:

  • BGSU has 96 more new students registered this semester than in spring 2009 (28 are incoming freshmen and 68 are transfer students).
  • Enrollment at BGSU Firelands is up by 58 students from January 2009.
  • Enrollment in online courses has increased by 410 students—a 32 percent increase.

The University is also doing a better job retaining freshmen. Nearly 93 percent of our 2009 fall freshman class has returned for the spring 2010 semester. This represents a 1.3 percent improvement from January 2009 and nearly a 3 percent increase from January 2008.

While Colom is pleased with the progress that's been made this semester, he is even more excited about the prospects for enrollment in fall 2010.

"We're beginning to see the payoff for everyone's hard work on enrollment," he says. "The early indicators are very positive."

Admissions reports show that, compared to this time last year:

  • The number of prospective students is up 59 percent.
  • Campus visits are up 27 percent.
  • Applications for admission are up 29 percent.
  • The number of students admitted is up 28 percent.

In addition:

  • Off-campus enrollment events have been increased by 89 percent over all of last year.
  • The average ACT score of admitted students is 22.7, which is consistent with the last five years. "If we stay focused and keep up the good work, we can have a very successful fall," Colom added.


BGSU women's teams recognized for academic success

The BGSU women's athletic teams were recently honored by the Mid-American Conference as the 2008-09 winner of the Women's Faculty Athletic Representative Award.

The award is presented to the MAC institution whose women's programs achieve the highest number of points based on the overall grade point average of the women's teams at that institution. It is modeled after the Reese and Jacoby all-sports awards in which each program is ranked against the rest of the conference.

For instance, the women's basketball team with the highest grade point average gets 12 points, the team with the second-highest grade point average gets 11 points, and so on. The average rank for each women's team is then compiled and the school with the highest average receives the award. Bowling Green had an 8.600 score.

MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher presented the award at a recent basketball game to Bowling Green Director of Athletics Greg Christopher, Senior Associate Director of Athletics Janna Blais, Provost Dr. Kenneth Borland, Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Lee Meserve, and various student-athletes including Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President Meg Richardson.

MAC Award
MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher (center) presents the Women's Faculty Athletic Representative Award to Greg Christopher (left) and Dr. Lee Meserve (right), while Provost Kenneth Borland (far left) and Janna Blais (far right) look on.

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January 26, 2010