Dear Faculty and Staff:
I hope you are enjoying a smooth transition from the spring semester into the summer months. Our past academic year has been a very good one across a number of fronts. As you can see below, summer credit hours are up 4.1% over last year. As you will also notice, summer enrollment contracted for six consecutive years from 2009 to 2014. We have gained considerable ground over the past three years, with this year representing our largest year over year growth.
Although our summer enrollment is relatively small compared to the regular academic year, it is critical to our retention and completion efforts, and certainly a very good sign. Along those lines, our current enrollment for the fall semester is up 9.4% compared to this point last year, likely reflecting success in our many retention initiatives. We do not expect such a large increase to hold until fall enrollment is complete, but it is a remarkably encouraging sign.
Thank you for your hard work on behalf of our students, University and broader Memphis community. An update on final raise recommendations will be shared this coming week, prior to our Board of Trustees meeting. Our next academic year is shaping up to be a very good one, particularly on the heels of a very successful legislative session.
M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor