Millersville University, Faculty Senate

Attachment 2
Faculty Senate Minutes
18 November 1997

DATE: November 17, 1997
TO: Faculty Senate
FROM: Dr. Judi M. Roller, Associate Provost
Academic Programs and Services

This summer an enrollment management initiative began at the university with the appointment of an Enrollment Management Steering Committee. In her charge to the committee, Provost McNairy indicated that the committee was to:

  1. Develop a long-term enrollment management plan and provide recommendations for university action.
  2. Develop subcommittee charges and appoint subcommittees
  3. Develop timeline

The Committee members are: Dr. Bennett F. Berhow, Mr. Darrell C. Davis, Dr. Michael A. Dianna, Ms. Amy H. Dmitzak, Ms. Patricia Hopson-Shelton, Dr. Gary R. Hovinen, Mr. David L. Myer, Mr. Joseph E. Revelt, Dr. Larry N. Reinking, Dr. Judi M. Roller (Chair), Dr. Beverly E. Schneller, Ms. Linda A. Suskie, and Dr. Robert O. Thomas.

At this point, the Committee is actively seeking faculty input on its charge, both through the schools and the Faculty Senate. The Senate subcommittee on Admissions, Advisement and Student Affairs has recommended the distribution of this brief update and discussion at Senate as the best procedure to seek your assistance. Specifically, we are asking for your ideas, observations, suggestions, concerns, and experiences regarding the following issues, as well as those delineated earlier; particularly as they affect the classroom:

Attached is a list of questions the Committee initially used to guide its charge that may be helpful information and we would appreciate your comments on these questions as well. The Committee has thus far heard presentations on student demographics from Institutional Research, an Admissions presentation on its policies and activities, and a report on student retention and persistence. The Steering Committee has also established three sub-committees on student focus groups, over-subscribed and under-subscribed majors, and student retnetion.

The committee members and I look forward to your input and discussion.


Marketing, Pre-Admissions and Admission
  1. What are our marketing and recruitment strategies and are they effective?
  2. Are current admissions criteria appropriate? Should criteria vary based on students intended majors?
  3. What are the policies governing admission as an undeclared major and are they appropriate?

Student Assessment Services
  1. Are current methods of placement testing effective?
  2. Which support services, including, but not limited to, financial aid, ACE, Act 101/PACE, Resident Life, Academic Advisement, and Orientation, are effective in enhancing student success and retention and why?
  3. How effective are we at academic advising and how does it affect student enrollment?
  4. Why are students taking longer and/or taking more than the required amount of credit to earn a degree?
  5. How should outcomes-based assessment integrate with enrollment management?

  1. What are job placement rates by major?
  2. What are our interventions and outreach efforts?

Strategic Planning
  1. What are the university's goals for student enrollment?
  2. How has our student body changed over the last five years and how has the institution effected and/or responded to these changes?
  3. Which factors affecting the unviersity's student enrollment are most likely to change over the next five years and how?
  4. What is the present procedure for projecting enrollments and how might it be improved?
  5. What is the present and future role of the enrollment projection group?
  6. How do Enrollment Bands, Out-of-State Restrictions, and other artificial constraints affect our mix of students?
  7. What is the optimum size for our freshman and transfer population?
  8. What are our various sub-populations of students; what are appropriate mixes of these populations; and what are their needs? How effectively are these needs being met?
  9. What are the university's over-enrolled and under-enrolled majors, given current huma, physical, and fiscal resources and how should these enrollments be managed?
  10. What is the unviersity's "niche"?
  11. How will distance learning initiatives affect enrollment?
  12. How will enrollment management be integrated with the unviersity's mission and strategic goals and themes?


    1. What recommendations should be made based on the findings and how should they be implemented.

    This document is heavily indebted to Peter T. Ewell, Recruitment, Retention, and Student Flow: A Comprehensive Approach to Enrollment Management Research, MCHEMS Monograph #7, 1985 as well as to enrollment management inititatives at Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio) and the University of Hawaii.

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