Spring classes have begun at CCV and enrollment for the semester is solid; our numbers have surpassed those of spring 2015 and we’re hoping to continue this trend into summer. In the past few months leading up to the start of classes we’ve also had a number of significant developments that I’d like to share with you.
We are now well into the fall semester and registration for spring and summer 2016 is underway. I’m pleased to report that our fall 2015 enrollment headcount remains stable from last fall, and with that in mind I’d like to inform you of a few of the things we’ve been working on at the College that I believe contributes to CCV’s enrollment numbers remaining strong.
If you’ll recall, last year I challenged staff at the college to reach an orientation enrollment goal of 60% college-wide. I’m pleased to announce that as of this fall, we have met and exceeded our orientation enrollment goal with 62% of CCV students having attended a new student orientation session. We will be working to continue this trend given the evidence that equates orientation completion with increased retention rates.
One of the challenges CCV faces as a result of our statewide presence is that our faculty is spread out across Vermont, in other states, and even in other countries. As a result, we have found that we must take a more active role in developing opportunities through which faculty can interact with and learn from each other, regardless of physical location.
One way that we build community among faculty is through our faculty retreat, which is held annually at Lake Morey Resort. The two-day retreat allows faculty to work with each other in hands-on seminars and workshops targeted specifically at strengthening pedagogical techniques and developing goals and priorities for the classroom. This year’s retreat has been scheduled for June 18 and 19 and will feature presentations by April Yee and Naomi Davidson.
When it comes to business, the general rule is that word of mouth recommendations are the best kind you can get. When these same types of recommendations are made for CCV, they don’t simply benefit the College, they have the potential to enrich lives, reshape futures, and strengthen Vermont. This is why I feel it’s so important for you, our alumni to remember and recommend CCV, because along with our current students, your voices carry the most weight.
Each spring semester at the College we invite school counselors and community partners to a breakfast at one of our academic centers, giving them the opportunity to learn about CCV’s programs and hear from our students about their experiences.
I attended the student panel in Winooski this spring and was struck by the consistency of what the students shared—they had some questions about whether or not CCV was a “real college” before they came, but after attending CCV they were impressed by the rigor of the coursework and faculty, they talk about the critical role of the supportive academic staff, the benefit of the diversity of students in their classes and the affordability of the college, which for many makes attending college possible.