UO enrollment management strategies

Faculty club update: Word down by the pool cabana is that there are another 700 international students – not counted in the official statistics on the grounds that they are not eligible to take regular UO classes until they pass sufficient AEI credits. We will get them soon though. Too bad Gottfredson won’t pay that 3.5%. Cowboy up, professor.

Updated 11/12/2012: Three different views on UO Enrollment trends. None give Chip Kelly much credit:

Dash Paulson in the ODE concentrates on the fact that the proportions of new students from California and other foreign countries have increased to the point that less than 50% of our new students are from Oregon. 50% has been a bright line for the state legislature:

Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars and a respected writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education said in an email, “There is a lot of controversy about state universities diverting state resources to out-of-state students,” Wood wrote. “Clearly the strategy ‘pays’ for the university in terms of ready income, but it does so by treating the public’s investment in infrastructure as given. Lots of room in that for political recrimination.”

Diane Dietz has a long article in the RG on UO’s enrollment strategies, including an interview with Roger Thompson. Very interesting discussion of merit aid. One bit on the Pathways program former Provost Linda Brady started in ~2007 to cover all tuition for low income Oregon students:

“When PathwayOregon stared, every Pell kid was getting PathwayOregon (grant),” Thompson said. “That’s not the case now. Four hundred kids get PathwayOregon. We enroll almost 900 that are Pell-eligible.” …

The university plans to cover more of its Pell grant students with Pathway­Oregon; beginning in fall 2013, any UO student eligible for the federal grant will get the Pathway­Oregon boost, Thompson said.

Of course the move towards more out of state and international students will presumably cut the number of Pathways students.

The party line? Some anonymous PR flack has a post in the new UO blog Pravda.

No academically eligible Oregon students have been denied admission to the UO.

UO pays hundreds of thousands of dollars to churn out this stuff, but Dave Hubin won’t give a $172 fee waiver to a real reporter, Diane Dietz of the RG, for the EMU docs. He says the public interest doesn’t justify the cost.

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10 Responses to UO enrollment management strategies

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thompson comes off much better than he actually is. He’s just hanging on, relying on previous work in enrollment management, set up by numbers of people who have all moved on to better things. Lucky man.
    Here’s the test.
    Step 1) Wait for his visit to the Senate.
    Step 2) Ask him anything about data.
    Step 3) Listen.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Dietz could have used that $172 to hire someone to check her spelling.

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  3. Three-Toed Sloth says:

    “Clearly the strategy ‘pays’ for the university in terms of ready income, but it does so by treating the public’s investment in infrastructure as given.”

    Funny. I assumed that the new strategy takes public DISinvestment for granted. And — given the lack of evidence for any organized will to reverse the uninterrupted trend of the last thirty years — wisely so.

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    • Anonymous says:

      “No academically eligible Oregon students have been denied admission to the UO.”

      Because our campus hasn’t invested in classroom space, we are capping enrollment, because we are capping enrollment, we have raised Admissions standards, because Admissions standards are raised the above is true.

      However, this cuts out the slightly unqualified Oregonian in favor of a higher scoring, richer, out of state student. This is not the mission of a public University. We must raise up our own before bestowing education on out of state students.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Dog says

      “bestowing education”. really?

      aren’t we just processing students here?

      and the 700 non-student AEI students do take classes
      and they are totally unprepared and are a huge time management problem. This is a real issue and one that is far more important than, what are the easy classes at the UO?

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  4. Anonymous says:

    OSU has increased its number of incoming Oregon students for a few years in a row now…

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  5. Anonymous says:

    So OSU should get a big gold star!

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  6. Anonymous says:

    OSU also gets more money per credit hour than does UO, and OSU has more representatives on the OUS board.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Because of the ways monies get redistributed, the whole OUS system profits financially from the fact that UO can pull in out-of-state and international students.

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