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EMU Board Of Regents Wants Student Enrollment To Increase

Jorge Avellan
EMU Board of Regents.

Improving student enrollment was a main topic of discussion Thursday afternoon during an Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents meeting.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.

Eastern currently has about 20,000 students enrolled, and, while they have not set an enrollment goal, they hope to attract more students in the near future to help generate funds for the university's general budget.

President James Smithexplains one of the options they're considering.

"We have to be more aggresive with our online offerings.  Students want to work those two jobs and take one, two or three classes a semester.  And although we are moving in that direction, we're not moving as rapidly as students would like us to," said President Smith.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

President Smith added that continuing to partner with community colleges, such as Washtenaw Community College, can also help attract more students to Eastern.  During the meeting, the board also approved a $293.6 million budget for fiscal year 2019/2020.  A 4.4% tuition increase was also approved.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu

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