Spring Enrollment Indicative of Focus on Quality

Published: April 04, 2011 | Read Time: 1 minutes

Southern Utah University has seen a 1.6% percent growth in Budget-related FTE enrollment from the spring 2010 to 2011 semesters, offering a great introduction to administrative and academic goals surrounding the University’s future.

Rather than recruiting solely to increase the size of SUU’s student body, President Michael T. Benson says SUU will “focus more and more on quality programs and individualized attention.” He adds, “The enrollment numbers support our current plans of measured growth.”

Though programs at SUU have been expanding and there is a steady growth in new student enrollment, Benson emphasizes, “Though we will always strive to educate more students, we are most interested in continuing to enhance the meaning and value of an SUU diploma.”

Benson cites other performance indicators as proof of the University’s focus. Over the past three years, the University has increased its six-year graduation rate and heightened admission standards for incoming students.

He explains, “Of course we want to grow at a carefully prescribed rate, but more importantly, we want more of our students to graduate from SUU.”

Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Stephen Allen, said he is also pleased with the numbers and the academic level of incoming freshmen.

“We are most impressed with the increasing academic quality of students enrolling at SUU.”

Allen continues, “By growing at a steady and consistent rate, SUU is able to ensure a quality experience for students,” he said.

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