Chancellor anticipates enrollment decline

Although official enrollment numbers will not be released until next week, Chancellor Rita Cheng has told sources enrollment has decreased.

The 10-day enrollment numbers for the fall semester will be released Tuesday, Rod Sievers, university spokesman, said. However, WSILTV has cited Cheng in saying enrollment is down.

“The chancellor says transfers are very soft, and smaller junior and senior classes are working their way through the university,” the report states.

Sievers said Thursday all of the enrollment numbers have not been compiled, and he thinks it is too premature to say what the result will be.

“I think if the numbers are down, there are a lot of positives signs in it showing the things that we’re doing to change that,” he said.

According to the Daily Egyptian archives, 10-day enrollment numbers last fall showed freshman and transfer student enrollment rose 5.2 percent from fall 2010, while overall enrollment decreased. Total graduate and undergraduate enrollment was down 220 from fall 2010 at 19,817 students.

In the spring, the 10-day enrollment count was 18,442 students.


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