Sherman Shares - April 2011
Enrollment Services Poised for Growth
Even before arriving on campus in February, Vice President for Enrollment Services Kelley Jones Ashcraft understood the importance of growing the Sherman College student population. She realized the urgency when she looked at the department's goals: 30 new students in winter quarter, 35 new students in summer and 45 new students in the fall!
As a result, the Enrollment Services department was restructured for effectiveness and efficiency. Kristy Shepherd has been promoted to director of admission and international student advisor, and she is charged with cultivating relationships with prospective students and facilitating their matriculation. Admission representative Daria Winnicka has a focused travel and recruiting plan which is generating numerous inquiries, and the director of ROAR, Jaime Browning, D.C., continues to build a network of referrals.
Melody Sabin, who served the department as coordinator of new student recruitment, has taken on the role of registrar, leaving an open position. A new position, admission and event coordinator, will deepen and enhance the campus visitor experience. The department expects to fill the new position in May. Additionally, the public relations department, consisting of director Karen Rhodes and webmaster Charlotte Babb, is now included in Enrollment Services.
The college enrolled 25 new students in the winter class, and one transfer student in the spring. The department has aggressive goals and a lot of work to do in the coming months, but with the recent changes, they are poised to make it happen.
Current student demographics are similar to past enrollment: 30 states and 15 countries are represented; half are from the Carolinas, Michigan and Pennsylvania; men make up 51%; married students comprise 26%; the majority of students are under 30 (71%) and 22% are 30-40, with 7% over 40.