Fall enrollment figures surpass expectations; furlough program delayed

September 8, 2009 | UToday
By Tobin J. Klinger

UT President Lloyd Jacobs uses this week’s video address to make two announcements that will have a positive impact across the University community.

During Friday’s taping of “A Presidential Perspective,” Jacobs applauded the efforts of enrollment staff, faculty and students to bring in more than 23,000 students this fall. Enrollment figures will be finalized Sept. 8 and will be released Sept. 9, but Jacobs said that the somewhat unanticipated growth should be enough to delay the need for the previously announced furlough program.

“Even though the numbers are not yet final, we have every reason to believe that we will enjoy our seventh consecutive semester of growth,” Jacobs said. “Our budget was built and revised with certain enrollment assumptions in mind, and we can safely say that our expectations have been surpassed.”

The University previously had announced plans to close for the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, but Jacobs said that plan now can be deferred.

“Should it become necessary to revisit the furlough program, we will do so,” Jacobs said. “However, at the moment, we are optimistic enough to put it on hold for the time being.”

The video can be viewed at myUT.utoledo.edu.

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