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President's invitation to Campus Conversation on Wednesday, October 21at 4:00 in the Joe Crowley Student Union Great Room

Last month, during my State of the University Address, I talked a lot about growth. In particular, I focused on aspects of our enrollment growth.

Dear Colleague,

Last month, during my State of the University Address, I talked a lot about growth.

In particular, I focused on aspects of our enrollment growth.

How we, yet again, achieved record student enrollment.

How our students are on a quicker path to graduation, taking more credits each semester, and graduating in record numbers.

How our faculty and staff colleagues have been making adjustments and allowances in their classrooms and in the operation of the University to ensure our institution runs smoothly so that these needs are met.

How, in the face of this growth, we are adding new faculty and support.

And how we are currently engaged in an enrollment management strategy that we believe will better calibrate, but not completely stop, our growth.

This is an important point.

Growth of our student enrollment is largely responsible for the physical and staffing development of the University, either through formula state funding based on completed classes or tuition and fees.

And here is our reality.

If we grow enrollment too fast, we create a painful deficit of resources.

Conversely, if we don't grow enrollment, we will find it increasingly more difficult to hire new faculty and staff, and to improve our academic offerings.

This is what I'd like to discuss with you during our next Campus Conversations event on October 21st.

Join me to discuss the careful balancing act we are facing in the coming years, with so much of our future tied directly to enrollment growth.

I want to hear what you think about this important issue.

What are the benefits?

What are the challenges?

What are some of the ways we can manage enrollment growth, so that we can improve our capabilities and our impact as an institution?

Please join me on October 21st at 4 p.m. in the Great Room of the Joe Crowley Student Union for a frank discussion about the realities of enrollment growth on our campus.

I hope to see you soon. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Marc

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