Today is the first step on a journey for many of our students, reminding me of that Chinese proverb that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. I hope this day’s step for our students is a happy and joyful one too, and I congratulate you on being there with them as they take this first step or continue back on the pathway of learning
I am delighted to share some important and extraordinarily good news.
Since I published my last blog, three important enrollment initiatives have occurred. Last weekend many of us met on our Cochran, Eastman, and Macon campuses to welcome hundreds of students and their guests to our first ever fully-fledged Open Houses. I thank the many staff and faculty who did an amazing job, with many of our Facilities staff even coming in at 5 am that morning. For several weeks many of us prepared for this occasion, and it was clearly a great success.
All five campuses are hosting the Spring Enrollment Blitz this week only! Students this is your chance to meet directly with departments involved in the enrollment process. Check the schedule and plan to join us!
Even at a pace that makes the weeks fly by, we have remained focused on the goals we identified at the beginning of the academic year. One of the things we have deliberately engaged in is a Focus on Enrollment.
Two weeks into the Fall semester, as students and faculty settle into new schedules and we begin to get a clear picture of our enrollment, it is worth focusing on the human element of higher education. The stress factor is palpable, or as all-too-common social media memes might put it, “the struggle is real.” Yet Continue reading
As thousands of students return to our five campuses today, we begin a new academic year. For some, this is the very first day of their college careers. For others, the final stretch towards graduation in December or May. For all of us, today holds promise
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Our planning intentions are now refined into precise actions that will result in where the institution needs to go. This third year of our plan is critical in terms of delivering on Continue reading
My thanks to each of you—faculty or staff—for bringing 1082 students to graduation this week. You have found your greatness, as well as theirs, in this year. Read more about this week’s commencement ceremonies here.
This is just a quick reminder – if you send out enrollment-related mass messages of any type (phone calls, emails, letters, etc.) to students, please make sure to send a copy of your communication to the Enrollment Support Team (formerly the Call Center). The Team will then be better positioned to assist students who call Continue reading