College Sees Enrollment Growth Following Successful Year of Outreach
In the 2016-2017 school year, the College of Arts & Letters successfully developed and implemented three outreach programs to eastern Idaho high schools. This summer, the College has seen nearly a 10 percent preliminary growth for Fall 2017 due largely to these outreach efforts.
The first program created was Liberal Arts High. Through the program, more than 5,000 students in 28 Idaho schools had the opportunity to have a college professor visit their classrooms. Each visit included a professor giving a presentation based on their areas of expertise, as well as a discussion about Idaho State University and the college experience. In the 24 high schools that were visited last year, new freshmen enrollment is currently up 77 percent, on average.
New this spring, the College started the Road Scholars program where Dean Kandi Turley-Ames traveled to eastern Idaho high schools and awarded 14 seniors a scholarship to ISU. During each visit, she also shared other scholarships the winning students earned by simply submitting their applications to ISU. In all, the 14 students earned over $120,000 in ISU scholarships. Each student was presented with his or her scholarships during an assembly, class session or small meeting to help get other students interested in attending college after high school.
Finally, the College will implement the On-Campus Dual-Enrollment program this fall for local high school students. Students will have the opportunity to take courses not offered at their high schools at ISU taught by hand-picked professors. Students will earn both high school and college credits, and build relationships with ISU faculty and staff members.
“Our enrollment growth demonstrates just how dedicated faculty and staff are in the College,” Turley-Ames said. “We are excited to be back in Idaho high schools and taking important steps to help Idaho high school students go on to college, and to ISU in particular.”