TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Last week Indiana State University leaders found an alarming trend in its student enrollment during its board of trustees meeting. In the upcoming fall 2019 semester, they're anticipating on losing 4% of its incoming students.
Provost Mike Licari was at that meeting. Today I spoke with him about this trend. He told me this has been something that official leaders are preparing for. In July they plan on starting a new Strategic Enrollment Management Plan. This was something that was presented in last weeks meeting. Provost Licari said they are doing numerous things to improve this number. One area that he brought up was online classes. They've seen that in recent years online classes has been a growing trend.
I also wanted to know how students felt about this 4%. I spoke with two women, Julienne Christian a senior, and Krystiauna Cole a junior. Christian told me she has seen improvements that officials have been making on campus.
"It looks more inviting and more modern for students to come and attend," said Christian. On the other hand, Cole says thinks it's because of recent problems why students are starting to veer away from ISU. "The recent outburst that happened about ISU being like one of the 11 most dangerous schools, that probably could have turned a lot of people off."
None of the less, leaders are working to keep improving the ISU community. Licari told me this is something that they've put a lot of thought into. "We have spent a lot of time this year redeveloping that approach," said Licari. He told me that they are excited for the future.
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