|SOUTHEASTERN SPRING 2004 ENROLLMENT REFLECTS IMPROVING STUDENTS
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana
University’s spring 2004 enrollment profile indicates that the university
is meeting its goal of attracting students who are better prepared to succeed
in college, university officials said.
The average American College
Test composite score for beginning freshmen in spring 2004 is 19.2, up
from 19 a year ago and 18.6 in spring 2002. Also, fewer students need transitional
(developmental) courses, resulting in an 11 percent decrease in the number
of courses offered when compared to enrollment statistics a year ago.
The university’s spring 2004
enrollment profile shows no significant change in the total enrollment
compared to last spring’s headcount. A total of 14,761 students are attending
classes, whereas spring 2003's enrollment was 14,799 students.
Southeastern President Randy
Moffett said that the university’s higher admission standards, as well
as academic enhancements such as new honors programs in every major and
opportunities for undergraduate research, are helping Southeastern attract
better prepared students.
“We are pleased with the improving
quality and college preparedness of our incoming freshman,” Moffett said.
“That is the goal we set to achieve when admission standards were implemented
three and a half years ago.”
Recently, Southeastern announced
that, beginning this summer, the university will implement part of the
new admission standards that will be mandated statewide by the Louisiana
Board of Regents in 2005.
Currently, beginning freshmen
must meet one of three requirements: an ACT composite of at least 20, ranking
in the upper 50 percent of their high school graduating class or at least
a 2.0 high school grade point average on 17.5 units of core courses.
This summer, a new requirement
will be added concerning developmental courses. Students who need more
than one developmental course will have to meet that requirement before
being fully admitted to Southeastern. High school graduating seniors impacted
by the proposed admission changes have a number of options for meeting
the new developmental requirement.
Students can enroll in “Summer
Bridge,” a Southeastern program that allows students to take freshmen or
transitional courses in mathematics and English while receiving extra
support through tutoring and workshops.
They can also cross-enroll in
a community college to take one or more of their needed remedial courses
while simultaneously taking Southeastern courses, or they can enroll in
a community college and transfer to Southeastern after successfully completing
Broken down by classification,
spring 2004 enrollment includes 4,127 freshmen, 2,827 sophomores, 2,322
juniors, 3,378 seniors, and 2,107 graduate students. Tangipahoa continues
to be Southeastern’s top feeder parish, with a total of 3,385 students
from the parish. The other top parishes sending students to Southeastern
include St. Tammany, 3,150; East Baton Rouge, 1,996; Livingston, 1,754;
Jefferson, 787; Ascension 628, and Washington, 592.
Ascension Parish shows the largest
gain, a 10 percent increase over spring 2003. The number of students from
Jefferson Parish is up 4.8 percent, while the St. Tammany Parish and Livingston
Parish headcount also rose slightly.