A Problem, a Challenge, and an Opportunity
A letter to the faculty from Academic Senate President Dan Mitchell
De Anza has encountered an unanticipated and significant drop in enrollment this fall. The causes are still not all clear, but the potential effects are. This is a very real problem that demands a rapid and effective response from all of us.
We must maximize our winter and spring term enrollments in order to recover from the fall term decline, with the goal of achieving annual enrollment rates that will protect current and future funding.
Many steps have already been taken at the institutional level, including increased marketing efforts, extension of online winter quarter enrollment through the end of the winter break, and increased outreach to high schools, to name a few. Faculty members have a special opportunity to directly affect students. An effective faculty response will have important effects on critical issues of student access, retention and success. Join me in focusing on effective strategies at two critical points: the closing days of the current term, and the first weeks of winter quarter.
Right now students are making plans for the winter term and deciding whether to return and what courses to take.
The first two weeks of the winter term:
Let's join as faculty colleagues to make student access, retention, and success the themes for the rest of this year. While we must do this for practical budget reasons right now, the benefits of this focus extend far beyond this immediate practical concern.
Dan Mitchell, President
De Anza College Academic Senate