President’s Column with Spring Enrollment Report

Thank you for your messages, cards, thoughts and prayers that extended your best wishes following my hip replacement surgery. Your kindness was a source of encouragement and a witness to the caring nature of the Viterbo community. I am healing well and looking forward to being at full strength in the weeks ahead.

Spring Semester Enrollment Census

Click for the spring semester enrollment report as of census date of Jan. 23. This report compares enrollments with last spring and this semester, as well as with last fall and this spring. New full-time undergraduate enrollment is ahead of last spring by eight students and just a few students shy of our goal of 55 new students. The full-time undergraduate enrollment of 1,384 results in the two-semester average of 1,424. The adjusted budget goal was 1,416, so this results in being slightly ahead of goal.

CAL enrollments are down from last spring by 73 students. We continue to see a shift in enrollments from face-to-face to online. The online goal for the year is 150, which should be achieved after the March enrollment period. Graduate enrollments show a healthy increase of 118 students and the DNP program is growing as expected.

If summer enrollments meet projections, we should be on target to achieve our budget goals. Thanks to all for your continued efforts on recruitment and retention.

Board of Trustees Actions

The Board of Trustees convened for its winter meeting on Jan. 26 and approved the following actions:

  1. Approved in principle the 2015–20 Strategic Plan, Values and Value. The approved plan will be posted on the president’s website in the days ahead. Now the administration is charged with implementing initiatives and action plans for the four strategic priorities:
    1. Assuring and Advancing Viterbo’s Franciscan Identity
    2. Offering Distinctive and Innovative Academic Programs
    3. Supporting and Enhancing Student Experiences
    4. Enriching and Engaging the Community
  2. Approved the 2015–16 budget preparation guidelines. The core components of the budget include conservative enrollment projections, tuition increase of five percent, room and board increase of four percent, technology fee increase of $50 per semester, and a compensation plan consisting of two percent increases across the board. The budget model also requires a forced savings on vacant positions amounting to $877,000. I will review the budget parameters in greater detail at a university forum Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 3:30 p.m.
  3. Approved awarding tenure to Dr. Glena Temple. Congratulations Glena, and welcome home!

Rick Artman