By Amy Lothian
Last Tuesday, an All University Meeting was held which shed light on changes happening behind the scenes on ESU’s campus.
President Marcia G. Welsh, along with ESU faculty and staff, met in Beers Lecture Hall to discuss, among other things, ESU’s new academic initiatives with North Hampton Community College (NCC), things that are happening around campus for Black History Month, and where ESU stands in the Middle States Reaccreditation process.
ESU and NCC have partnered to being new accelerated degree programs which are designed for transfer students majoring in Business Management and Nursing.
“This will allow [mostly adult] students to avoid the inconvenience of reapplying to ESU after having already completed 2 years at NCC,” said Welsh. The program also allows included students to graduate in a total of three years.
Kenneth Long, vice president of administration and finance broke down the numbers in regard to ESU’s lowering out-of-state tuition, the university budget, and where ESU stands in the Middle States Reaccreditation process.
The University hopes that lowering out-of-state tuition rates will make ESU more competitive among other schools while also appealing to nonresident students.
“We rely [more] heavily on our nonresident students,” said Long, who says he hopes that enrollment will increase in the months to come.
ESU is also beginning what Welsh describes as a re-branding process. The entire campus community can contribute by responding to emails that will begin circulating this week containing surveys on how ESU can improve its image.
Much of the meeting’s content was geared towards Middle States Reaccreditation and where ESU stands in the process. The consensus was that it is a good idea that students and staff learn more about this process and get involved by knowing what is to come. More information about it can be found under the ‘Middle States Committee’ tab of ESU’s homepage.
The meeting then shifted to lighter topics. They pointed out the other things to get involved with around campus. February is Black History month and the Office of Multicultural Affairs has a lineup of activities planned throughout the month; the calendar can be found at www.esu.edu/oma.
Welsh urges students and staff to attend at least one event before February ends.
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