Spring semester enrollment down at NMSU

Spring semester enrollment down at NMSU
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 4:27pm

New Mexico State University reported a decrease in enrollment for the Spring semester during a board of regents meeting Monday morning.

The university reported a 4.9 percent decrease continuing the declining trend in enrollment since 2011.

"There's always concern over enrollment cause that's our business and we are here to educate," said NMSU President Dr. Garrey Curruthers.

Bernadette Montoya, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, said there's many factors contributing to the lower totals such as the lowest percentage of students graduating high school also looking to go to college since 2007.

Montoya said they hope to attract more students by going to high schools and helping students apply in person at the request of the school counselors.

"We are just going right in there and being intrusive in a good way to help them fill out the application and let them know what they need to do moving forward to be accepted," Montoya said.

Even with a concern in enrollment, the university reported those that are in school are taking more credit hours and the retention rate of students went up to more than 74 percent.

Montoya said they are looking to identify struggling students and help them in hopes of keeping them in school.

After hours tutoring has contributed to the slight increase but some students said they also have to do their part.

"I just keep going to class and getting my business done," said NMSU Student Colorado Romero. "Once you get behind you can't catch back up."

Carruthers said they are optimistic they will see strong fall enrollment numbers and will continue looking for areas of improvement in keeping and recruiting students.

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