The "official" fall semester enrollment reports are now being compiled, but preliminary figures are consistent with what I predicted at the opening session. Total headcount enrollment is 10, 554, down a few hundred from last year. Almost the entire difference is the result of a loss of graduate students in the College of Education. As you may know, changes in teacher certification requirements at the state level have eliminated incentives for new teachers to pursue graduate credits and degrees, and so we expected a significant drop in these enrollments. In spite of this, total credit hours taught by the University will be close to last fall, perhaps down 1/4 percent or so, and within budget projections.
Our student housing is full again this fall; 2,736 students are living on campus and we have several students still on a waiting list.
I suspect that most of you have read or heard in the media about a disciplinary matter with our football team. I just want to assure you that no one was physically injured and that our coaches and Athletic Department staff and University Police handled this in an ethically appropriate and professionally competent manner. I am also confident that lessons were taught and will be learned from this unfortunate incident.
And, on a positive note, the rest of the team rallied and played a terrific game last Saturday night, defeating a nationally ranked Valdosta State team here at Wickes Stadium.
Our music department is offering a new campus concert series this year. “Fridays at Founders” will showcase various student and faculty ensembles and soloists, providing another opportunity to share their talents with the public, while also fulfilling academic requirements for our music majors. Performances are scheduled at 3:15 p.m. throughout the year, beginning this Friday, Sept. 7. I hope you can find time to attend.