ve move for Central State Academic Affairs
“This student-centered unit is charged with providing
the structure and support for first-time freshmen and trans- fer students with fewer than 30 semester hours to success- fully transition into university life,” says Dr. Bell.
Under the direction of Interim Associate Dean Stepha-
nie Krah, University College includes: Office of Academic Advising and Assistance, Learning Skills Center, Student Support Services, Disabilities Services, Student Wellness and Intramurals.
University College will also eventually include an Of-
fice of First Year Experience and a Transfer Advisement Office.
“Research has shown that the first year experience at a
university is a critical factor in the ultimate graduation of a student,” says Dean Krah. “In fact, the first three to six weeks determine whether or not a student stays.”
An entity called University College existed in the
1990s, however, it was primarily designed to help students who were not academically prepared.
“Today the University College is for all new students,
providing a seamless transition to life on campus,” Dean Krah says.
A nine percent enrollment increase for fall 2011
The number of students enrolled for the fall 2011-2012 semester is 2,503, compared to the 2,288 students who enrolled for the fall 2010-2011 semester reflecting a nine percent increase. These students include an impressive number of 722 freshmen.
“Just as important, we have more scholars this year, including a significant number of STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) scholars,” reports Phyllis Jeffers-Coly, Dean of Enrollment Services. “Also we have 123 students who received institutional freshman scholar- ships, a 12% increase over last year.”
Ms. Jeffers-Coly reports there has been an increase in out-of-state students this fall, includ-
ing increases from Pennsylvania (65%), Indiana (30%), and the Washington, D.C. area (40%). She credits those increases to strong alumni and other marketing efforts in those geographic areas. “We also have a 30-Mile Radius Plan to increase students from the local counties,” she says. “This year that has resulted in students from Jamestown, Fairborn, and Springboro.”
CENTRAL STATE UNIVERSITY 9 Dr. Erin Moore lectures to Humanities students.
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