Enrollment decline announced at board meeting

Washburn’s board of regents met Sept. 27 The president’s report included the most recent set of enrollment figures.

By law, Washburn University is governed by a nine member board of regents. The board of regents met Thursday, Sept. 27 in the Kansas room of the Memorial Union.

The president’s report included the recent announcement of Washburn University’s enrollment numbers. Washburn’s enrollment declined 1.36 percent. This was noted as being a result of the new admissions criteria Washburn adopted a year and a half ago. It was also noted that the high school graduation rates have been decreasing and may be a factor in the enrollment.

The president’s report also included a summary of the success of the recent career and graduate fair held on Sept. 12 and visit from Joe Drape, a New York Times journalist and author of the book “Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen.”

Also discussed was a purchase of a simulator for the school of nursing and a grant KTWU channel 11 received for a back-up power system. The board of regents meeting concluded with a presentation from Gordon D. McQuere, dean of the college of arts and sciences. His presentation included a summary of the college of arts and sciences and assessments of the quality of programs and quality of faculty in the college.