Enrollment has a profound impact on the life of an institution. The University System of Georgia has experienced a recent decrease in overall enrollment, which is associated with several campuses, including Albany State. There are factors that contributed to the decline, but the ultimate impact will be a decrease in resources that are available to educate ASU students.
Enrollment at Albany State declined by approximately 400 students in 2012. The result will be a reduction in our state appropriation of $2.3M for the upcoming 2015 fiscal year. Because over 80 percent of our budget is designated for personnel, we must absorb the majority of the reduction by eliminating vacant positions and shifting some personnel to funding sources other than state funds. We must also reduce travel, operating and equipment budgets. While these are unfortunate circumstances, we are in control of our beloved institution’s fate.
The power to reduce and even eliminate this impact lies within in our capacity to recruit students. Enrollment matters and growing our enrollment is essential to reverse the tide of declining budgets. Our enrollment management team is leading the charge to boost enrollment, but it will take diligence and a steadfast commitment from each of us to jump-start a new era of growth.