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2020 Summer Update

Dear Faculty and Staff:

We are over a week into the summer sessions, and accordingly have summer enrollment numbers to share. As of today, overall summer enrollment exceeds 7,000 students (at 7,084), with year-over-year undergraduate growth at 19.7% in headcount and 23.6% growth in credit hours. Year-over-year summer growth overall (this includes the Law School and graduate students) stands at 14.6%. This is a function of many things, but in particular, your hard work successfully transitioning our curriculum delivery to a remote/virtual format. It is also important to recognize that we provided significant scholarship incentives this summer. As we have discussed on many occasions, this speaks to the significant financial hurdles our students face, and when we are innovative and proactive in helping them overcome them, we see both growth and improved student success, which is at the heart of our mission.  

Our student housing applications for fall are strong, and new student orientation numbers continue ahead of last year’s pace, which was a record freshman class. We will be sharing some additional incentives for fall enrollment in the coming weeks. Despite these positive indicators, it is critical for us to help students register and transition to campus for the start of the fall semester. As you are aware, over 60% of our total budget is driven by student enrollment. We will be sharing additional details regarding our student housing plans for the upcoming fall, along with recommendations from the various planning groups.

We are still waiting for the Legislature to approve a final budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and we anticipate news by the end of June. Our fiscal year (i.e., the current budget year) closes on June 30, with our new fiscal year launching on July 1. As shared previously, we continue to prepare for the noted potential of a reduction in our state support by 12%. I will share more information as soon as it becomes available. 

Regards, 

Dr. M. David Rudd, President