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YSU enrollment down 2.5%

Published: Tue, August 30, 2011 @ 12:08 a.m.


Kendal Malsch of Canfield, left, an early-childhood specialist major in her sophomore year at Youngstown State University, and Wes Wagner of Poland, a junior majoring in civil engineering, catch up as they walk down University Circle to class Monday, the first day of classes.

Staff report


Enrollment at Youngstown State University is down 2.5 percent this semester.

The university reported that the Monday head-count enrollment, on the first day of fall semester classes, was 14,617 — a decrease of 372 students from the first day of classes last fall semester.

Official enrollment counts will not be available for two weeks.

Jack Fahey, vice president for student affairs, said his office will be working over the next two weeks to increase the numbers.

YSU’s enrollment has increased steadily since 2000 and last year reached its highest level in two decades. Fahey said the university was anticipating a slight increase in enrollment this year.

Reasons for the decrease vary, but Fahey indicated that labor issues over the summer that put into question the start of fall semester classes was a factor. He noted that the only other time in the past decade that enrollment dropped – in 2005 – there also was labor unrest on campus.

“We have had great success in growing our enrollment over the past several years,” he said. “While we projected that that growth would begin to level off, we hoped that the numbers would be higher.”


1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Just keep raising those tuition bills, and more will drop out. Why don't those union professional professors read the writing on the wall or can't they read?

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2misterlee(118 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

UF: after all this talk of YSU being broke I stepped onto campus yesterday to find inflatable slides set up for the students. INFLATABLE SLIDES! The administration wastes money on crap like that and ornate fencing for parking lots but won't pay profs a competitive salary. If YSU were a corporation it would fail and it's not the union's fault. It's the fault of the administrators who waste money on stupid stuff we don't need. Paying profs more attracts talent which makes the university a better place. My guess though is that you don't have a degree so you wouldn't understand that.

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3AtownAugie(868 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Decrease in enrollment? Directly attributable to the Linkon-Russo Debacle. Thank you, Sherry and John.

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4Boar7734(66 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Well, there goes those incentive payments to union faculty and staff for increased enrollment this year. Now you will hear "my pay got cut" brought into PR and negotiations. It would appear Russo and Linkons slant on Center for Working-Class Studies (their web site) is not a balanced educational approach to union Vs managment. That said it was good work on the De-factor Unemployment Rate study which needs national attention rather than self serving local union activity paid for by YSU.

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5southsidedave(5183 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Almost all State Universities have decreased enrollment this semester. The only exception is Akron.

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6Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Yes, southsidedave is correct. Why don't some of these nincompoop posters actually pay attention to other sources of information other than the Vindy? Maybe then they'd know some facts and not lay blame where no blame should be left. Of course Ron Cole tries to lay it at the feet of labor unrest. Please. What a hired liar.

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7republicanRick(1672 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

You are all looking for an effect from a cause, when none may exist. This drop in enrollment could just be normal fluctuation and not a trend. Relax and go down the slide and have some fun in life.

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8RickJude7496(16 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Thats most likely because they background check incoming students now. I'll bet 2% of the 2.5% were denied admission.

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9DwightK(1520 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

You would think with the economy this bad people would be flocking to universities for more education. I don't understand the mentality that says a high school diploma or worse, dropping out, is good enough. Sitting on the couch won't get you a good job.

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