UT continues strategy to attract better-prepared students, cites grad student growth

January 24, 2013 | News, UToday, Honors
By Jon Strunk

Graduate student enrollment grew more than 3 percent at The University of Toledo for spring 2013 while overall enrollment was 19,795* as of Jan. 21, the official 15-day enrollment reporting date. Overall enrollment in spring 2012 was 20,675.

The numbers follow a strategy implemented in fall 2012 when UT tightened its admission standards in an effort to attract greater numbers of well-prepared students to the institution.

UT Provost Scott Scarborough, who oversees University enrollment efforts, said an initial drop in population numbers was anticipated and that current efforts under way — including the elevation and increased promotion of the Honors College — will help grow UT’s retention and graduation rates in addition to its enrollment numbers.

“As the landscape for higher education is shifting and competition to attract the highest quality students is steadily increasing, UT continues to work to implement its strategy to be the university of choice for well-prepared students,” Scarborough said.

“We began this strategy some months ago, and these figures were anticipated given the new focus. We are now working to modify our overall approach to teaching in an effort to create an environment where an increasing number of students are taught by full-time, tenured and tenure-track faculty.”

*This figure was incorrect (19,675) when the story was posted, but it has been updated.

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