Dear Campus Community:

Below you will find a copy of the 3rd day enrollment numbers for the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) schools. As you can see, only two institutions are growing, Austin Peay State University and the UofM. As mentioned in a previous communication, our overall growth is about 3%. Growth in our Graduate School is a remarkable 4.7%. Both numbers are particularly impressive when you look at state trends. What is not apparent in the numbers below is that, as of today, our freshman class is at 2,747 compared to 2,013 last year, a stunning growth rate of 36%. It is also important to note that last year’s comparison numbers include 456 dual enrollment students. Dual enrollment numbers have yet to be entered. We have a total of 1,132 dual enrollment students to enter compared to 780 for last year, growth of 45%. In coming years, we will be disaggregating dual enrollment students from our total numbers.

This positive trajectory is likely the result of several factors including our 250-mile radius tuition reduction program, more effective marketing and, most importantly, your hard work. The work of each and every member of our campus community has an impact on recruitment, enrollment, retention and completion. Thank you for your dedication!

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Warm Regards,

M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor

Dear Campus Community:

As mentioned in last week’s first general faculty meeting, the University of Memphis is supporting a TIF application (Tax Increment Financing) from the University Neighborhood Development Corporation (UNDC). A public presentation was made today to the Shelby County Commissioners Economic Development Committee. We will be presenting to the Memphis City Council in the coming weeks.

As you can see from the presentation slides: http://www.memphis.edu/presweb/communications/undc_tif_presentation.pdf, the purpose of the TIF is to “improve the area surrounding the University of Memphis and promote student safety, walkability and to fully engage students in community life and retain talent in Memphis”. Also as detailed, the TIF will provide for over $21 million to be invested over the next twenty years, all supporting the University District neighborhood.

This is an extremely important and wonderful step for the University of Memphis and the UNDC. Given these presentations and related discussion are public, I wanted to make sure you had accurate details. We will keep you updated as we move through the approval process.

Warm Regards,

M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor

Dear Campus Community:

Welcome back! I hope the summer months were enjoyable and productive. As we move into a new academic year, I am pleased to share some good news. For the first time in a number of years, our University will be growing. Although final numbers are not official until the 14th class day, it is estimated that we will grow somewhere between 2-3% overall. Last year we established annual growth targets of 2%, and it appears that we will exceed that for the 2016-2017 academic year. This year’s freshman class will likely set a record. Last Friday we had over 2,700 new freshman enrolled, an increase of 30% over last year’s class. As students settle in during the first week, we expect the final number to be somewhere between 25% -30% year over year growth, a record for the University of Memphis. Similarly, growth in total new students (i.e. transfers + freshman) will approach 4000, the largest we have seen in quite a while. As of today, the growth in total new students is 24% over last year. Overall growth of 2-3% is particularly impressive given our significant improvement in graduation numbers over the past three years. As shared previously, we graduated over 800 students more in the past three years relative to the previous three year average, with marked improvement in our overall graduation rate. Of particular importance, our new incoming students are the most academically qualified to date, both with respect to mean ACT scores and high school GPA.

I wish you the best for the new academic year and want to say thank you for your hard work and dedication to our students, our campus community and the City of Memphis. Go Tigers!

Warm Regards,

M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor