New plans and goals for increasing student enrollment was the largest topic of discussion at the latest Faculty Senate meeting, with the hope to reach 24,000 students in 10 years.
Before diving in to enrollment, Dr. Jacob Marszalek kicked off the meeting by giving the other senators an in-depth review of the latest Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) meeting that discussed changes to the Title IX system and important updates from the state legislature.
Regarding Title IX changes, IFC noted that while the federal period for revisions closed in January, it is still unaware of when any changes made to Title IX regulations will be announced.
Marszalek also emphasized that the Missouri state legislature would likely continue to move forward with implementing its own Title IX revisions.
IFC was also informed about the current budget situation facing Missouri legislature. While there is no current budget reduction for the 2020 fiscal year, the previously estimated growth in revenue (1.6 percent) has been revised to decrease anywhere from 1.5 to 3.5 percent (a 3.5 percent decrease in revenue would equate to roughly $275 million).
The remainder of the meeting primarily focused on a presentation given by UMKC Admissions Department Director Alice Arredondo and Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Doug Swink.
Arredondo and Swink unveiled their new plans and goals for increasing student enrollment. Current plans range from increasing faculty engagement with prospective students to changes in recruitment methodologies.
Among these changes are programs designed to recruit students from the Heartland states surrounding Missouri and Kansas, where there are no active recruitment efforts. Additionally, Arredondo and Swink want to increase UMKC’s presence through more high school visits and college fairs.
The duo hopes to increase the freshman class of 2019 and 2020 by 100 students each, followed by a total enrollment size of 24,000 students in 10 years.
They are also working to increase the rate of students who attend UMKC after being accepted, which currently sits at 36 percent compared to the national average of 40 percent.
The meeting adjourned with a brief deliberation about topics to discuss with Chancellor Mauli Agrawal, who will be present at the next Faculty Senate meeting.