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Enrollment VP: University needs all hands on deck to compete in ‘difficult market’

Enrollment VP: University needs all hands on deck to compete in ‘difficult market’

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

October 11, 2019

University officials are looking for answers after enrollment numbers fell for the eighth consecutive year this fall, marking a changing environment in higher education. Total enrollment at the university, which includes undergraduate and graduate students, dropped to 8,690 students. Enrollment has falle...

Total enrollment falls for eighth consecutive year

Total enrollment falls for eighth consecutive year

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

September 17, 2019

Total enrollment has dropped for the eighth consecutive year at USI, falling to 8,690 students. This year’s fall enrollment of graduate and undergraduate students is a 3% decrease from last year’s numbers according to Census data numbers released by the university Sept. 17. Total enrollment h...

Pressure mounts as concern grows over sluggish wages, depleted morale

Pressure mounts as concern grows over sluggish wages, depleted morale

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

September 11, 2019

Tensions between faculty and the administration have reached a deadlock as concerns grow over a lack of employee morale and stagnant wages. Faculty were asked to submit questions anonymously to Faculty Senate Chair Kenny Purcell for the administration in early August. Concerns listed in the ques...

Trustees approve tuition increase

Trustees approve tuition increase

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

June 4, 2019

The Board of Trustees approved tuition increases for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees June 4 in the Griffin Center. Following a public forum on the increases in which there was no public comment, the Trustees agreed to raise tuition for full-t...

Rochon talks changes to higher ed, enrollment and future

Rochon talks changes to higher ed, enrollment and future

Riley Guerzini, Managing Editor

October 30, 2018

Ron Rochon said being president has been busier than he ever anticipated. “People tell you and they kind of prepare you for the schedule, but until you get in the chair, you just don’t understand the kind of demands that are on the office of the president, so that’s been revealing as I move f...

USI enrollment drops below 9,000

USI enrollment drops below 9,000

Riley Guerzini and Noah Alatza

September 18, 2018

Enrollment has dropped below 9,000 total students for the first time in over 15 years.  Chief Data Officer Katherine Draughon said the last time enrollment was under 9,000 was in 1999 when 8,695 undergraduate and graduate students attended the university. Census data released late Tuesday for the Fa...

We’re not represented

We’re not represented

Gabi Wy, Editor-in-Chief

January 25, 2018

In a world where the race conversation grows bolder and bolder, it’s painful to sit in a classroom as the only ethnic minority. When pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a well-rounded university, one should be able to assume they’ll find a variety of people and experiences to learn from throughout the four-year-or-...

Trustees approve updated bylaws, hear financial aid report

Trustees approve updated bylaws, hear financial aid report

Noah Alatza, Staff Writer

November 2, 2017

The Board of Trustees heard the annual financial aid report from Director of Student Financial Assistance Mary Harper at its Nov. 2 meeting. Vice President of Enrollment Andrew Wright thanked the financial aid team for their continued hard-work on the gathering of a collective number of statistics and fi...

Undergraduate enrollment down; Graduate, CAP students up

Undergraduate enrollment down; Graduate, CAP students up

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

September 19, 2017

Excluding CAP students, total enrollment actually decreased from 9,024 in Fall of last year to 9,017 this year. Since 2007, enrollment has decreased by 922 students, not counting CAP students, according to information gathered by the Office of Planning, Research and Assessment (OPRA). The univer...

Students demand parking

Students demand parking

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

September 14, 2017

Tian Moore-Denk said she usually arrives on campus at least 30 minutes early just to find a parking spot. “One thing that I don't like is that they have a whole section of the parking lot blocked off for the construction,” The freshman sociology major said. “If you don't come between 7 ...

Master Plan maps future

Master Plan maps future

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

September 6, 2017

  In 10 years, the university will increase enrollment by over 5,000, take the engineering department out of the business building and build a second entrance and exit to campus. At least that is the plan. Last Wednesday, outside design firm Smithgroupjjr sent Campus Planners Doug Kozm...

Evansville Rocks to spread campus cheer

Evansville Rocks to spread campus cheer

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

August 30, 2017

Local Facebook group Evansville Rocks is coming to campus. The group focuses around painting rocks with positive messages taped to the back, which they then hide around local areas for others to find and post on social media. The Shield sat down with group member Susan Todd, a Senior Administrativ...

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