UNA hopes to boost falling enrollment with new program | Schools
Following a national trend, University of North Alabama reported slightly lower enrollment rates compared to 2012.
UNA Department of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment reported a total enrollment of 6,931 students, a drop of 122 compared to Fall 2012 records.
University leaders say they are not alarmed by the numbers. "With the economy improving, this could mean that fewer people are going to school because more people are going to work," said President William G. Cale.
While total enrollment is down, freshmen and sophomore retention rates increased from 68.7 to 70.7 percent over the past year.
Vice President for Enrollment Management, Dr. Thomas Calhoun, said the Fall 2014 launch of UNA's First Year Experience program will attract potential students.
“The whole focus of the program is to give every student close personal attention, primarily around academics, but not exclusively academics,” he said. “If they are experiencing challenges or successes, they know there are people at the university who know who they are and paying attention to what they’re doing.”
The new program will be part of the new University Success Center at UNA.
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