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Some reductions expected at YSU

Published: Tue, September 10, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.



By Denise Dick



With enrollment down 3.1 percent this fall, some reductions must be made, but no major changes are anticipated this year while President Randy Dunn focuses on boosting enrollment and building relationships.

In the coming weeks, a list of reductions will be released that will enable the university to deal with the enrollment decline and the estimated $2.4 million revenue dip that accompanies it, Dunn said in a meeting Monday with the Vindicator editorial board and a reporter.

“We’ll try as much as we can for those not to affect academic programs, student services or people,” he said.

This year’s fall enrollment saw 13,381 students compared with 13,813 in fall 2012. That continues the enrollment decline of the last couple of years.

Dunn said the university plans to broaden its push to increase enrollment, widening the area in which students are targeted and using social media to attract students.

“Before making radical changes to the business model, we want to see how much we can move the needle on enrollment,” Dunn said.

If those efforts prove unsuccessful, YSU will have to look at a reconfiguration or rebalancing, he said. That may involve more-drastic changes.

It’s too early to think about those types of changes now, though, Dunn said.

He wants to build trust relationships both on campus and within the community and plans to spend this year doing that.

For the last couple of years, YSU has struggled with dwindling state support and decreased tuition revenue.

“An argument could be made that this work should have been done a year ago,” Dunn said, adding that he wasn’t criticizing previous administrations.

The state funding formula, which formerly hinged on enrollment numbers, is now based on graduation rates, and that also presents challenges for YSU.

The most-recent six-year graduation rate is 32 percent.

Dunn said the university remains committed to being an open-access institution, but over the years that’s been construed to mean open enrollment. It shouldn’t be.

Some students should be referred to Eastern Gateway Community College if they require extensive remediation, and some students shouldn’t be attending post-secondary education at all, he said.

“College ready” doesn’t mean no remediation, though, Dunn said. If a student requires remediation in one area, for example, but is prepared in all of the others, that student could be ready for YSU.

Remediation shouldn’t be required in all areas.

“It is for a sizable number of them, and that’s what has to change,” Dunn said.


1northsideperson(366 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

While the numbers speak, except for the president the upper administration hasn't changed. How much of this is to prepare for upcoming negotiations with two bargaining units?

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2NoBS(2832 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Heck, I'm just happy to see an article of this nature that doesn't immediately and exclusively blame "the union" for the University's financial woes. Columbus needs to make up its mind if it's going to return our tax money to the University based on graduation rates or enrollment, and stick with it. When the University has a dependable income from the state, in can then look at changes elsewhere.

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3DwightK(1537 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Gov Kasich wants the vice presidential nod in 2016. To do that he has cut spending in local communities and tried to make it look like the state has a budget surplus. In reality he has forced localities to raise revenue through levies, effectively raising taxes so we can have the same services we had before he cut spending. Now YSU will pay the price for his ambition.

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4Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Kasich is a loser. He thinks people are dumb enough to play the game of Hate the Public Worker or Hate the Teachers, instead of looking in his direction back in Columbus, where he's the one running the game, turning people against each other while he picks our pockets. Continues to take our tax money but not to return it in the form where it would do our public any good. Then forces us to raise levies to pay more on top of what he's raked in behind his desk. I can't wait to cast my vote against this foul man in his re-election bid.

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