As I walk around the campus, everyone seems to have settled into spring semester, working hard and focusing on the most critical matters at hand. With half of the academic year behind us, much needs to be accomplished over the next few months.
Enrollment for spring is coming in about as we predicted. Total headcount as of this week is 2,743, which is 36 students fewer than budgeted. Total enrolled credit hours are slightly ahead of budget but are expected to decline to budget levels over the next few weeks as students continue to adjust their schedules.
Retention from fall to spring semester was an impressive 96%, so once we get students enrolled, we're doing a great job retaining them. Keep up all the good work!
Our attention is now focused on next fall, and we still have much to do. Based on the most recent enrollment data, we are still behind on first-year applications for fall 2016, but several of our graduate programs (MSNA and FNP in particular) are exceeding expectations. Last Saturday, we held a first-year Preview Day with 81 students and their families, and the Admissions counselors are now turning their attention to yield: pushing for applications, deposits, and starting the financial aid process. We will need everyone's help to meet our enrollment goals for next year.
First Destination Outcomes
We also recently received data on first destination outcomes for our 2014-2015 graduates, and the numbers are very impressive! 95% are employed or in graduate school, the average salary for graduates and undergraduates is $55,680, and 86% of our graduates are employed in Utah! I am so proud of these graduates, and I wish them all continued success as they take their Westminster education out into the world. They are truly our best ambassadors.
I want to thank everyone who was able to participate in our events honoring Martin Luther King Jr. last week. The march, keynote speaker Dr. Robin DiAngelo, the conversations about lived experiences, and the Day of Service were all very successful, and I am proud of everyone who came together to put on this great program. Thank you again for all your hard work.
Mayor Jackie Biskupski
Last week, I had the privilege of hosting Mayor Jackie Biskupski for lunch here on campus, and during our conversation, we explored many exciting possibilities for partnerships between Westminster and the Mayor's office, including student internships and volunteer opportunities. I look forward to continuing to work with Mayor Biskupski, and I am encouraged by her interest in Westminster.
We have some exciting news! Our Aviation program has been chosen as a partner school for Cessna's 2016 Top Hawk program! As part of the award, we will welcome a new airplane into our fleet on February 19 at our new Flight Operations Center. The new plane will be used for flight training, program promotion/recruitment, and a summer camp.
The Aviation Department is asking for your help with naming the new plane, so if you have a great idea, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The top five submissions will be voted on, and the contest winner will receive a free flight in the new plane!
I want to congratulate John Schaefer, whose application to the Top Hawk program on behalf of Westminster made this exciting opportunity possible!
Employee Appreciation Event
Just a friendly reminder that this year's Employee Appreciation Event will take place on February 26th from 3:00pm – 5:00pm in the Jewett Center & Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory. RSVP to save your seat!
All the best,