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YSU first day headcount falls

Published: Thu, August 22, 2013 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Denise Dick



Youngstown State University’s first-day head count for the fall semester slipped 3.4 percent from the same time last year.

Classes started Wednesday. Fall enrollment numbers won’t be official until the 14th day of the semester, but Ron Cole, university spokesman, said Wednesday’s head count was 13,336, down from 13,811 the first day of fall semester 2012.

“It definitely can and will fluctuate,” Cole said.

YSU budgeted for a 1 percent enrollment decline this fall, but earlier this week, President Randy Dunn said in his State of the University address the number would be higher than that.

Every 1 percent enrollment decline equates to about $1 million in revenue loss.

This marks the third- consecutive year of enrollment decline after a couple of years of near-record numbers.

Fall 2012 enrollment dropped 5 percent to 13,813, compared with fall 2011’s 14,540.

The number of students enrolled also dipped the previous year from 15,194 in fall 2010 to 14,540 in fall 2011.

Dunn said department heads are devising plans to deal with smaller budgets, but the university isn’t talking about specific cuts until the enrollment numbers are finalized. He did say earlier this week that the university will try to make reductions that aren’t in people.

The decreased enrollment comes despite what university officials were forecasting last year.

Last November, then-President Cynthia Anderson told YSU trustees that the numbers looked better than they had for some time. YSU had increased its marketing efforts with television commercials and billboards, trying to attract students.

Dunn has said he wants to target recruiting efforts in other areas both in and outside of Ohio to try to draw more students to campus.


1NoBS(2757 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

RK, I wish you went somewhere else too. Why don't you get off mommy's and daddy's dime and do just that? Then maybe you'd appreciate the things YSU has to offer.

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2NoBS(2757 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

What's this, the third or fourth story about enrollment dropping this semester? Can another editorial demanding pay cuts be far?

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3TERRAPINST(320 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

There are alot of reasons why this newspaper sucks and why I am a masochist for even reading its online, rag edition. However to continually bash one of the only promising institutions in Youngstown just seems absurd to me. Maybe the staff of the Vindy can damage the University some more. Maybe they can steer parents away from sending their kids there. MAybe they can contribute to even more people leaving an already declining community. Simply put this newspaper defies logic in its continual bashing of institutions vital to our survival.. I realize the University is comprised of public employees, who the Vindy staff jealously despise because the newspaper is considered horrendous to work for and their own pay and benefits suck....... BUT C"MON MAN! There must be someone bright enough on staff to see the horrible damage they do to our community, under the GUISE of public defense. Idiots.

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4Not_Surprised(48 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

3 armed robberies in as many days!!! Shocking that no one wants to attend Stick-Em-Up U.

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5lovethiscity(169 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

So I'm missing all the heartburn over this story. It was published in response to YSU's own release of enrollment figures. It was factually true and accurate. It was, in fact, news. Do the YSU apologists simply want us to be a community of sheep? To say the emperor is clothed when in fact he is butt naked? Is that what you teach there?

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6DSquared(1778 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Get used to it!

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7southsidedave(5189 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

The economy has improved since tanking a few years ago...hence, less enrollment.

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