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|SOUTHEASTERN SPRING 2005 ENROLLMENT REFLECTS IMPROVING QUALITY OF
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana
University’s spring 2005 enrollment profile reflects the university’s trend
of attracting and retaining better prepared students, Southeastern officials
The average American College
Test (ACT) composite score for first time, full time freshmen in spring
2005 is 20.4, an almost two point increase over the same time last year
“Since we instituted admission
standards in fall 2000 and further increased them last year, we have seen
a steady improvement in the scores of incoming freshmen and a significant
decrease in students requiring developmental math and English,” said Southeastern
President Randy Moffett.
Southeastern implemented admission
standards a full year ahead of state mandates. Moffett said the university
anticipated some reductions in enrollment based on students not meeting
Southeastern’s standards and the state’s growing community college system.
This spring’s enrollment profile
shows 14,463 students enrolled compared to last spring’s 14,761 total headcount,
a two percent drop.
“While total enrollment has dropped
slightly, we are seeing significant increases in our freshmen to sophomore
retention rate and our upper class enrollments, key figures in our efforts
to improve our graduation rate,” Moffett said. “The fact that we are also
seeing improvement in student retention at all undergraduate levels is
especially encouraging and signifies that our efforts to recruit students
who are better prepared for college are working.”
The profile shows that overall
retention of the freshman students from the fall to spring semesters is
up from 86.8 percent this time last year to 88.3 percent this year. Retention
of students participating in the state’s TOPS scholarship program is up
from 92.2 percent last year to 97.6 percent this spring, while the retention
rate among students living on campus is up from 88.9 percent to 97.4 percent.
The total number of students
enrolled in developmental English and math courses at Southeastern continues
to trend downward by more than 28 percent this year.
Moffett said the university is
poised to implement another round of admission standards next fall, in
which students must complete the TOPS core curriculum in high school and
need no more than one developmental course.
“Because we have gradually implemented
and increased our admission standards over several years, we feel like
the students and parents in our service area are well aware of these standards,”
Moffett said. “Our message to high school students and their parents is
that preparation for college is the key to admission and overall success.”
In addition, Moffett said a new
program, “Southeastern Scholars,” allows high school students with high
ACT scores (24 or above) to receive a scholarship for up to six hours of
enrollment at Southeastern, giving them the opportunity to get an early
start on their college education. More than twice as many students are
enrolled in the program this semester compared to last fall. Students who
participate in this program are taking college level classes at the main
campus in Hammond, at Southeastern’s St. Tammany Center in Mandeville and
at Fountainbleu High School.
“It’s an excellent opportunity
for high achieving students to get a jumpstart on their college careers
and save significant dollars in tuition,” Moffett added.
Broken down by classification,
spring 2005 enrollment includes 3,704 freshmen, 3,069 sophomores, 2,401
juniors, 3,477 seniors, and 1,812 graduate students. The university’s
top feeder parishes include Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, East Baton Rouge,
Livingston, Jefferson and Ascension.