The Register, 1971-09-03, page 1
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Archive! F. D. Bluford* Library H. C. A & T State University Greensboro, N. C. 27411 THJ^5 REGISTER ujMaffim AW.*— for ctmnsnt cemammanr 2. VOLUME XLIII, NUMBER 2 NORTH CAROLINA AGRICULTURAL .ANDTECHNICAL STATE UNIVERSITY, GREENSBORO SEPTEMBER 3,1971 1 ♦ Dowdy Working To Alleviate Shortage English Department Among those Hardest Hit by Shortage Programs Cause Increase Enrollment Reaches 4,000 Deloris Brown The enrollment at A&T this semester is one of the largest in its history," stated William H. Gamble^director of Admissions. The student body is estimated to have reached a total of 4,000 students which is an increase of over 200 students as compared to last year's total. Of the 4,000 students enrolled this semester 1,200 of them are freshmen. "This is a marked increase of 300 students more than the total of last year," Gamble pointed out. There are also expectations of several more Students to register this week. We now have students coming from eleven nations and thirty-five states. North Carolina tops the list of student enrollment. It has students represented from eighty-nine of its one hundred counties. The number of out-of-state students comprises twenty-five per cent of the students which is a total of 1,000 students. When asked if the rise in tuition for out-of-state students had any bearing on their enrollment, Gamble commented that even though there was a slight decrease in their enrollment there was not an appreciable change. He further pointed out that at the present eighty-five percent of the letters received by the Office of Admissions requesting enrollment information comes from out-of-state students. Gamble added that the increase in enrollment was the result of several programs. There was increased activity in the recruitment program, new programs in engineering, and the wide curriculum offered here at A&T attracted many students. Included in the enrollment is 100 students on the New Model Cities Program. In respect to the teacher shortage activated by the increased enrollment Gamble remarked that the administration is working to solve the problem. There are efforts being made to hire teachers in English, History, and Mathematics. For the spring semester, the Office of Admissions expects an enrollment of 150 freshmen. Gamble mentioned that many of the students accepted for the fall semester who did not come have notified the admissions office that they will enter next semester. By Drusilla Dunn "The administration is doing everything possible to alleviate our present teacher shortage; and. during this period of adjustment. I am soliciting the cooperation of both faculty and students." Dr. L.C. Dowdy said in an interview today. , The president spoke at length on the budgetary problems involved in acquiring personnel. "The State Legislature underestimated our expected enrollment; and, on the basis of the Legislature's estimate of 3650, we lost 9.5 positions at $109,000. Of this amount, $5,450 would have gone for salary increases." "I am reasonably sure that we will get these positions back." said Dr. Dowdy as he checked the latest head count and predicted the number of full-time equivalent students. With an enrollment head count of 4142. Dr. Dowdy estimated that,by tomorrow, the full-time equivalent student number will probably exceed A & T's projected enrollment of 3.800. The Legislature's action occurred in spite of A & T administrators' assurance that the enrollment would increase. A memorandum to heads and business managers of all State Institutions of Higher Education, frorr G. A. Jones Jr.. state budget officer, in April, requested a review of regular session enrollment estimates for 1971-73. General Assembly Orders Increases For Advance Payments-Applications Effective October first the advance fee payments made by A & T students in the spring will rise from $15.00 to $50.00. The increase was ordered for all state universities by the North Carolina General Assembly in a bill ratified in July. The $50.00 must be paid by all students who expect to return for the next academic year. In the event of hardship the bill allows the deposit to be waived at the school's discretion. If a student decides not to return and gives notice 30 days after the end of the term in which he made his deposit, it will be refunded. The fee is also refunded if the student is not allowed to return. The bill also instructs all boards of trustees to require each applicant for admission who is accepted to make an advance deposit of not less than $ 100.00. This deposit will be applied against the student's tuition for that year. The fee must be paid within three weeks of notification of acceptance. If the deposit is not made within that time periodjthe applicant, it will be assumed, has withdrawn his application. The application deposit will be refunded to those students who give notice of withdrawal of their applications by May 1,1972 or at least one month before the start of a new term. Also, as part of this bill the General Assembly appropriated $25,000 in order to enable the Board of Higher Education to establish an Educational Opportunities Information Center. The purpose of the Center will be to provide information and assistance to prospective college and university students. The Center will also provide information to institutions in the state, both public and private on matters regarding student admissions, transfers and enrollments. Excerpts from the memorandum are as follows: "The "A" Budgets for all State institutions of higher education for the 1971-73 biennium were ■ constructed on the basis of enrollment projections approved by the Advisory Budget Commission on February 6, 1970. Actual enrollment trends for 1969-70 and for 1970-71 to date indicate that the approved enrollments for 1971-73 may be excessive at some institutions. . "In order to avoid the serious budgetary problems created by under-enrollment, we request that you review your approved enrollments and advise us as to whether they should be adjusted. In preparing your revised estimates, the latest available enrollment information should be taken into account. Detail estimates to show the number of in-state and out-of-state students." Dr. Dowdy's April 28 reply to this request was as follows: "This will acknowledge receipt of your memorandum dated April 21, 1971, regarding Regular Session Enrollment Estimates for 1971-1973. We have reviewed certain data relative to the enrollment forecast for this Institution and find that we have admitted thirty-nine (39) percent more students this year than we had on April 28 of last year. Furthermore, we find that advance fee payments are running forty-seven (47) percent ahead of the payments of last year. In light of these findings, we have reason to believe that this University will realize the 'authorized regular session enrollments projected for 1971-1973. Therefore, it is requested that the enrollments remain as certified by the Advisory Budget Commission on February 6, 1970. They are: 1971-1972: In-State, 3,040; Out-of-State, 760; 1972-1973: In-State, 3420; Out-of-State, 780." If the Legislature had approved A & T's request, the teacher allotment, based on a pupil-teacher ratio of 15.7 to 1, would have been 242 for this school term. Presently, the (see Shortage, page 5)
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