Highlander Enrollment in the Red

Radford University has a seen a drop in enrollment this fall of around 250 students. According to the State Council of Higher Education only 1,445 of the admitted 4,387 freshmen actually enrolled for the 09-10 year.

RU’s enrollment decrease has come at a hard time with Gov. Tim Kaine administrating a $6.4 million dollar budget cut in higher education to help out with the major $1.35 billion state budget shortfall.

When asked what she thinks the university should do about the decline in enrollment RU junior Dailey Lewis said, “the school should try to lower the cost of classes for now so that maybe more students would be attracted to the school. Maybe later they could raise the tuition after the economy gets better.” Senior transfer student, Courtney Michelle said, “I transferred in to Radford but next semester I’m actually going to New River because it’s too expensive here. I think the school should try to work with community colleges better than they do. A lot of people would go to a community college for two years and then transfer to Radford to graduate if it was promoted more.”

Blaming the bad economy on RU’s recent enrollment decrease might not be quite the answer because other Virginia four-year universities have not been affected like University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. Schools like Old Dominion and George Mason have even seen increases in enrollment.

With figures rolling in leaving RU in the dust many are now looking for reasons why Radford is dwindling in enrollment. President Penelope Kyle has recently commented on the issue stating that the decrease in enrollment can be attributed to a low budget economy and a lack of experienced admissions personnel.

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