Recruitment Task Force

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"We must help more people join in the college experience, because we know how life-changing it is – not just for each graduate, but for generations to come. Texas State ranks first in the state for helping at-risk students graduate, including non-traditional students and those whose families fall below the federal poverty threshold. So, when we grow enrollment at Texas State, we’re making an impact no other university in the state of Texas can claim. So, I will be charging a Recruitment Task Force to propose changes we can make to increase enrollment on our campuses, including categories for international students, students taking classes online, and students that come to us through a transfer process." - President Kelly Damphousse

Learn about the Recruitment Task Force below.

In addition, visit the Presidential Commission on Student Success page to explore Dr. Damphousse's new targets for elevating student success, retention, and graduation rates. That commission will work parallel to the Recruitment Task Force.

Growth Opportunities:

In Fall 2022, Texas State set enrollment records in the number of new undergraduate and graduate students (11,344) and freshmen (7,573). Our overall enrollment, however, continues to lag expectations and potential. After peaking in Fall 2016 with 38,808 students, we experienced four years of steady decline. This Fall, overall enrollment topped 38,000 students for the first time since 2019.

Increasing enrollment on TXST campuses is one of the top priorities of Dr. Damphousse’s presidency. A deep dive into the data reveals many opportunities to grow enrollment. This Fall, for example, we saw declines in new transfer students (-13%) and new master’s students (-18%); only 5% of our students came from outside of Texas; only 1.6% of our students are enrolled exclusively in an online degree program; and only 14.2% of our sections are offered fully online.

Charge:

The Task Force will conduct a comprehensive review of current recruitment practices at Texas State and benchmark them against Emerging Research Universities and national aspirants and peers; review institutional need-based and merit-based financial aid award and scholarship strategies; and recommend to the President’s Cabinet recruitment practices to sunset and other strategies to increase international, transfer, and master’s student enrollment, as well as online enrollment.

Two points of clarification were included in Dr. Damphousse’s charge to the task force: 1) The group will focus only on the stated areas of opportunities, as our strategies to grow the freshman class are working, and they must remain intact. 2) The group will develop strategies for increasing master’s enrollment, not PhD enrollment. The Presidential Commission on the Run to R1 will address the goal of increasing the number of PhD students.

Deadline:

President Damphousse notified the task force members of their charge on September 16, 2022. Task Force Chair Dr. Golato has been asked to submit the group’s final report by January 9, 2023. 

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    1. Andrea Golato, Dean, The Graduate College (Chair)
    2. Cristine Black, Associate Vice President for Budgeting, Financial Planning and Analysis
    3. Jennifer Jensen, Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Students
    4. Elias Martinez, Assistant Vice President for University Marketing
    5. Susan Morey, Chair, Department of Mathematics
    6. Christopher Murr, Assistant Vice President for Financial Aid and Scholarships
    7. Eric Paulson, Associate Dean, The Graduate College 
    8. Sanjay Ramchander, Dean, McCoy College of Business
    9. Gary Ray, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing
    10. Sriraman Vedaraman, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
    11. Dana Willett, Assistant Vice President for Distance and Extended Learning
    12. Beverly Woodson Day, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management, Director of Undergraduate Admissions