Fall Enrollment Continues to Grow
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG -10/01/2007 - For the fifth consecutive year, enrollment has increased at UCM. The fall semester census shows an approximate increase of 2 percent in the student population compared to the same time a year ago.
Graduate School Experiences Significant Increase
Census data compiled by the UCM Office of Institutional Research indicate 10,918 students currently are enrolled this fall, up from 10,711 during the 2006 fall semester. The most significant change was observed in graduate/first professional enrollment, which climbed from 1,741 students in fall 2006 to 1,999 in fall 2007. That’s a 14.8 percent increase.
Test Scores, Transfers on the Rise
Matt Melvin, assistant provost for enrollment management, said the university is excited about the continued growth in enrollment, and the fact that the quality of the freshman class as measured by standardized test scores is the highest in school history. Transfer student numbers have also climbed by 9 percent.
“We will continue our efforts to make the transfer process more seamless and transparent for community college transfers,” Melvin said.
Transfer and Transition Services Center Enhance Process
He stressed that the recent creation of the Transfer and Transition Services Center is an example of the university’s commitment to enhancing services for this student population. Continued efforts will be made to implement new technologies designed to enhance advising services. This is in addition to working with the provost and vice president for academic affairs, deans, and department chairs to review and modify curriculum, when appropriate, to facilitate the transfer process.
Retention, Graduation Rate and Placement Tell the Story
Melvin also cited a 3 percent increase in fall-to-fall retention of first-year/full-time students, the highest six-year graduation rate in recorded history, and a 94 percent placement rate for new graduates within six months after earning their degrees.
“These metrics speak to the university’s commitment to recruit, retain, graduate and place students,” Melvin remarked. “Our strong academic programs, affordable cost and commitment to student success are increasingly making the University of Central Missouri a viable choice for students and families in the market for higher education.”
The university’s annual fall census was conducted Sept. 19.