Our fall semester enrollment reports are now being compiled and it appears that we are well within our projections. We have 10,245 human souls enrolled for the term, down about 300 from last year; this is due to the continued decline in graduate students in the College of Education, as well as a reduction in the number of high school graduates in Michigan. There are positive signs, too. Credit hours dipped by less than 2 percent overall, as incoming freshmen registered for higher credit loads and we saw a small increase in retention compared to the year prior. All in all, we are off to a good start. Let's keep it going.
Please encourage your students – especially freshmen – to attend the Cards Party Wednesday at 9 p.m. in the Ryder Center. This is a good opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with the vast array of student organizations and other opportunities available to them. As we know, those students who become actively engaged in worthwhile extracurricular pursuits are more likely to succeed academically.
The Braun Fellowship recognizes the exceptional accomplishments and potential of select SVSU faculty and staff, and colleagues have used the funds to produce some fine scholarly work that reflects well upon our institution. I encourage you to consider working with our Sponsored Programs office on your application; the deadline is Monday, Sept. 16. Named in honor of Ruth and Ted Braun of Saginaw, the fellowship was created through a $1.5 million endowment from the Saginaw-based Harvey Randall Wickes Foundation and is administered by the Saginaw Community Foundation.
The application cycle for SVSU Foundation Resource Grants has begun. This program encourages innovation and provides enrichment opportunities for our students; I encourage you to consider applying for these, as well. The deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 15. For more information, visit the Foundation Website.