By Mark Mallory –
This fall semester, Tarleton State University reached a record high enrollment of 10,000 students. With the semester coming to a close, the big question is whether Tarleton will stay above the 10,000-student mark in the spring?
Dr. David Weissenburger, associate vice president for enrollment management, is very optimistic that Tarleton will stay above that record high.
Tarleton has campuses in Stephenville, Waco, Fort Worth and Midlothian. On the main campus in Stephenville, spring 2013 enrollment has already eclipsed fall 2012, he said.
As the fall semester comes to an end, the total number of students that have registered as of Nov. 24 is 7,615. That’s up from the spring 2012 enrollment which was 7,231 according the pre-registration records held on campus. Weissenburger said he expects a similar increase on Tarleton’s other campuses as well.
“Look for the total numbers of students registering to increase up until the first day of class,” Weissenburger said.
The university is currently in the process of implementing a retention plan that will involve 12 initiatives that will be released to the public in the next few months. Weissenburger did say that one of the initiatives will include a process to get advisers more involved with the students enrolled at Tarleton.
“What we’re trying to do is implement a retention plan that will improve upon the culture of success,” Weissenburger said.
With the campus likely to continue to stay above the 10,000 student mark, Weissenburger says that the overall goal of the campus is to continue growing along with the building projects starting in the near future.
“By the year 2020 we would like to hit 15,000 students,” Weissenburger said.
The main goal for enrollment management is to grow the student population to a total of 15,000 overall with the main campus holding 10,000 students on its own, he said.