OU Provost Touts Enrollment Rise

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This fall Ohio University tops all 13 Ohio public universities in enrollment increases with 4.25 percent, according to Executive Vice President and Provost Pamela J. Benoit.

In a report to the Ohio University Board of Trustees Thursday, Benoit noted that all Ohio public institutions only rose 0.17 percent in student population with seven schools showing a decline in enrollments.  Shawnee State in Portsmouth had the greatest decline at 6.76 percent.

First-time students enrolled full-time at an institution also constitutes a category that is tracked.  Numbers were “flat” across the state in this category, according to Benoit. However, Ohio University led all state institutions with a growth of 355 students. 

The University of Cincinnati was second with 326.  The University of Akron lost 376 students in this grouping and Bowling Green State University lost 276 students.

Finally, Ohio University had the second largest percentage of growth in first-time, full-time enrollments at 9.1 percent.

“Other Ohio institutions ranged from being down 19.2 percent to Cleveland State’s high of 13.4 percent,” Benoit noted.

While Central State was losing students in this category by the double-digit percentage of 19.2, the University of Akron was down 9.0 percent and Bowling Green was down 7.6 percent.

Benoit reminded the board members that “student-based revenue from tuition and subsidy drives the budget of the institution.”

“Student recruitment continues to become more competitive every year and Ohio University’s Strategic Enrollment Management Plan has positioned us well and has led to Ohio demonstrating a counter-cyclical enrollment pattern again in 2013,” Benoit added.