ERIC Number: ED210946
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Toward Future Growth Strategies for New Mexico State University: A White Paper on the Impact of Enrollment Projections.
New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces.
Current policies and programs at New Mexico State University pertaining to a projected decline in enrollment are examined, and possible actions that the university might take to meet the changing needs and profile of the future student population are suggested. It is proposed that additional recruitment efforts should be directed toward new student populations and should be built around opportunities in the current and projected job market. In order to help eliminate financial barriers that might cause students to drop out, mini-scholarships to attract part-time students and tuition waivers to attract out-of-state students might be established. Student motivation and desire to remain in college might be increased by improving the existing honors program and by implementation of the Crimson Scholars Program to attract more academically superior students. A comprehensive, formal study of students who come to the university is recommended because no systematic surveys of freshmen have been conducted. The development of new programs and building flexibility into the older ones is another tactic to prevent enrollment decline. Among the possible alternative delivery systems are the following: extended evening and weekend schedules, independent study, time-shortened and time-lengthened degrees, and expansion of off-campus programs. The coordination of placement and demands of the job market and obtaining support for research are recommended, along with establishing an information center to promote evaluation efforts. Supplementary materials, including a freshman questionnaire, are appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, College Students, Declining Enrollment, Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Higher Education, Information Needs, Institutional Research, Needs Assessment, Nontraditional Education, Nontraditional Students, Position Papers, Research and Development Centers, Research Needs, School Holding Power, State Universities, Student Characteristics, Student Financial Aid, Student Motivation, Student Recruitment
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces.