AVP Corner

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Enrollment Management Services (EMS) staff are currently focusing on new initiatives and wrapping up the 2014-15 academic year.

CSU, Chico met the 2014-15 enrollment goal, coming in 2.94 percent over the annualized resident full-time equivalent student (FTES) target. For additional details, please refer to Institutional Data link on the Institutional Research website.

Academic Advising Programs (AAP) is assisting continuing students with fall 2015 registration and preparing for new students. This year the Spanish Language Parent Orientation will be expanded. Other updates:

  • The Summer Orientation website is live at: http://ems.csuchico.edu/AAP/SummerOrientation/Information/home.html.
  • AAP and Undergraduate Education were awarded a CSU Chancellor’s Office Action Research Proposal for planning and implementing an intervention strategy to reduce second to third year student attrition.
  • AgileGrad, an e-advising tool, is being tested by AAP staff with positive results (see article).
  • Advisors recently completed advising for foster youth, athletics, REACH, transfer students, undeclared students, Back on Track, and Last Minute Advising in the residence halls.
  • AAP has hired and trained seven new interns.

The Office of Admissions (ADMS) is finalizing the new fall 2015 undergraduate class. Other highlights include:

  • Adam Stoltz has been hired as the director of the Office of Admissions, and will start on June 1. He is currently the associate director of admissions at the University of Nevada, Reno.
  • ADMS staff processed a record number of first-time-freshmen and transfer domestic admissions applications.
  • Choose Chico! was April 11. The University hosted 1,268 students with a total of 3,491 visitors.
  • The ADMS letter-generating process has been migrated into PeopleSoft.
  • A redesign and printing of the ADMS view book for fall 2016 recruitment is underway.
  • ADMS and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts collaborated to bring over 400 talented middle school and high school students to campus for a variety of musical events.

The Office of the Registrar (REGS) has been working on multiple projects that will benefit students, faculty, and others.

  • Michelle Holmes was awarded the 2014 Outstanding Staff Employee award. (See article)
  • The Smart Planner is growing daily as degree audit analysts add more majors and minors. The anticipated completion for entering all programs is December 2015. (See article)
  • Academic Evaluations now graduate about two-thirds of students with the push of an easy button. Read the article “Academic Evaluations’ Easy Button” to learn more.
  • The Wildcat Action Center is a new feature that sends important messages directly to a student’s portal account.
  • Staff continue to work on automating processes. Read all about the improvements to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
  • Larry Langwell, the director for the Office of Veterans’ Affairs, worked with Safeway to garner donations to support local veterans. Read more…

These are just a few of the projects and initiatives EMS staff and managers have been focusing on during 2014-15. We look forward to continuing to improve our processes and services to better assist students, faculty, and staff. Any ideas or suggestions are welcome.

Barbara Fortin
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Services