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YSU enrollment || Figures show decline of 3.8%



Published: Thu, February 2, 2012 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Denise Dick

denise_dick@vindy.com

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Youngstown State University is downplaying a 3.8 percent decrease in spring enrollment.

“Spring enrollment is a reflection of the fall,” said Ron Cole, a YSU spokesman.

This year’s spring enrollment of 13,698 students is down from last year when 14,253 students were enrolled. Spring 2010 enrollment was 13,837 students.

From 2000 until last year, YSU’s spring enrollment increased 31 percent.

Fall 2011’s enrollment also decreased from the previous fall.

YSU reported that enrollment for fall semester dropped 4.3 percent, or 654 students, from the same time in fall 2010.

The number of students enrolled fell from 15,194 in fall 2010 to 14,540 last fall.

Cole said the university expected the spring decrease.

Generally, spring’s enrollment is about 92 percent of fall enrollment, he said, pointing out that the percentage is slightly higher this year.

“Enrollment always goes down from fall to spring and that’s not just here, it’s all over the country,” he said.

He said Jack Fahey, vice president for student affairs at YSU and Fahey’s staff have been developing strategies to try to increase enrollment.

Late last year, television advertisements began airing touting the univeristy and its offerings.

Spring enrollment at Kent State University’s Trumbull Campus in Champion, meanwhile, saw a nearly 7 percent increase from last spring, increasing by 208 students to 3,255. This marks the third-consecutive year KSU-Trumbull saw a spring enrollment increase.

The spring 2012 number tops the previous high from fall 2011 of 3,207 students. Spring marks eight straight semesters of increased enrollment at the Trumbull campus.

“I think what makes our campus most attractive to the student population is our outstanding faculty,” Kent-Trumbull Dean Robert Sines said in a news release. “More than 90 percent have earned a master’s degree or Ph.D and our small class sizes afford our students to forge one-on-one relationships and gain a truly personalized learning experience.”

Eastern Gateway Community College is still compiling its spring enrollment figures and may release them later this week.


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1snworb56(49 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Raise tuition to make up for it.
I am sure that will be the next thing out of their mouths. No such thing as reducing costs like you or i must do.

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2HaydenThomas(208 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Does that mean the unions there will be giving back those bonuses they received when the enrollment went up?

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3UNCOMMONSENSE(329 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

HaydenThomas haven't you learned that when things go right, unions claim victory. When things go wrong, they place blame.

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4jmagaratz(155 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

An idea....send the football coaching staff out for some more recruiting....this should increase the enrollment....problem is that there won't be enough money to pay students for attending.....but we will be contending for a championship----talk about screwed up priorities.....

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5Tigerlily(472 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

@HaydenThomas The unions already gave back the bonuses that only the staff union received when enrollment went up. They gave it back in concessions during negotiations for the next three years contract. I really wish people would know what they're talking about before they post like a know-it-all. And by the way, it was only staff that got those bonuses, not faculty. But faculty is giving back too.

On top of that, has anyone considered that YSU's enrollment decreased this year because they cut off the enrollment period several weeks earlier than usual, and there is always a rush of last-minute decision makers every year who sign up at the last minute? Guess where they went? Kent Trumbull and Eastern Gateway, who remained open to enrollment up until the first day of classes.

So many people on the Vindy threads are misinformed morons. Probably because they read the Vindy.

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6UNCOMMONSENSE(329 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

@tigerlily seems like the real morons are the people that run YSU and decided to close enrollment early. But of course you would not be part of that process because you have a brain and do not read the Vindy!

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7crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Gee, no money yet the administration created TWO vice-president positions. Where is the reasoning in all of that? If the CURRENT administration would do their jobs instead of looking to cut corners by NOT filling positions and using student workers to do the job of staff, maybe there wouldn't be a decrease in enrollment PLUS there would be money to help students. Let's see, give the football coach a RAISE? Really?! Let that president keep getting raises, but cry that enrollment is down? They deserve to lose students because they do NOTHING to keep them or encourage students to apply. Yet they keep employees who misappropriate funds from their union and still let them have a job, let alone work around money? What a sad state the university is in!

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8crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

one correction to the former post:

It is ONE employee that still has a job there that misappropriated funds.

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9moonie(5 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

What do you mean ONE employee who misappropriated funds. Were there others that did the same? Did they lose their job? And what are these two vice president jobs you are talking about? Thought there was a freeze on hiring due to budget problems?

derf5983, I agree. What did the YSU people think would happen after Eastern Gateway was up and running? Of course they will take students away from YSU.

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