Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Lit-tle discussed a number o Univer-sity-related issues on Wednesday,including the declining enroll-ment numbers, the record-settingreshman class and the ongoingsituation surrounding David Guth,proessor o journalism.Te University’s enrollment ellslightly or the h straight year,with the number o students en-rolled dropping to 27,784 this all,which is 155 ewer than in Fall2012. However,Gray-Little said theUniversity antici-pated lower num-bers in the yearsollowing the re-cord-breaking en-rollment o 30,000in 2008.“2008 was an atyp-ical year,” she said.“Te University hadnever had an en-rollment like that.It was kind o a highpoint that we’re counting against,so we’ve expected decline.”Te chancellor also attributed thedecline in enrollment to actorsoutside o the University’s control.“Some o them have to do withthe high school graduation popu-lation in the region, which has notbeen growing, competition rom alot o universities including onlineofers, all o that has increased too,”she said.Te enrollment numbers didshow promise, with the reshmanclass increasing 6.1 percent romthe previous year.Gray-Little said strengthenedand improved recruiting efortsare proving to be benecial whenit comes to getting enrollment up.“We have made an efort to makesure we are present everywhere inKansas, and we have lots o recruit-ers who are posted in other areason an ongoing basis,” Gray-Littlesaid. “But we’ve also emphasizedprogram changes and things we’retrying to do to improve the stu-dents’ experience, so that’s attract-ed more students as well.”Te class o 2017 also set new records atthe Univer-sity in bothacademicsand diversi-ty. Te 4,000students’ av-erage ACscore was25.3, up rom25.1 last yearand the high-est o any public uni- versity in thestate. In addition, a record-high21.8 percent o the class are mi-nority students, an increase o .5percentage points rom last year.Te chancellor said that whilethe high test scores are somethingto be proud o, she expects morerom incoming students.“Te goal is not so much ACscores, it’s to get students who havethe background to succeed whenthey get here,” she said. “Te long-term goal is to have students whoare prepared, can get through therst couple o years and be suc-cessul and graduate, and to con- vey to students in high school that just doing the minimum in highschool is not enough to be success-ul in college.”Te chancellor also addressedthe ongoing situation surroundingDavid Guth, proessor o journal-ism. Te University placed Guthon indenite administrative leaveollowing a controversial tweet hemade regarding the recent Navy Yard shootings.Even though some have ques-tioned the University’s actions,Gray-Little stands by them.“Obviously I think we did whatwe think was appropriate underthe circumstances,” she said. “Wecertainly have gotten a lot o com-ments, taking almost any positionyou could imagine taking, so Ithink there are very ew people wehave pleased, but the people wehave displeased have had widely varying points o view.”Te chancellor added she will beattending various homecomingevents, including the game Satur-day, but will be unable to attendLate Night in the Phog on Friday.
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3 to 6 p.m.
Spencer Museum o Art, Artand Architecture Library
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Collaboration Across Boundar-ies: 10 Compelling Ideas
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Edwards Campus, BEST Build-ing, Conerence Center
Lecture by Rosemary O’Leary,Public Aairs and Administrationproessor, and reception
Late Night in the Phog
6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30p.m.)
A traditions night opening men’sbasketball season
Murphy Hall, Craton-PreyerTheater
A play adaptation o the vampirebook by University Theater
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KU Libraries Homecoming Reception
Spencer Research Library, NorthTerrace
Reception beore the ootball gameoverlooking Memorial Stadium
SWE Weekend o Engineering
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KU Fights Hunger Campus-Wide FoodDrive
Collection sites across campus
Donations to beneft Just Food, theDouglas County Food Bank, and 40 otherpartner agencies in Douglas County
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