While many of you were away from campus during the summer, the Division of Student Development and Campus Life was busy getting ready for the fall. We met with thousands of students, answered tens of thousands of questions and prepared the campus for our new students. Here are some of the highlights:
Undergraduate Admissions continued to refine the enrollment for the entering class.
- We achieved 102% of our freshman goal and 111% of the transfer goal.
- The freshman class possesses an average high school grade point average of 3.2 and average SAT of 1024 (Reading/Math) and 1534 (Reading/Math/Writing).
- The female/male ratio has narrowed a bit to 56/44 from 60/40%.
- A diverse class continues to a strong result of our recruitment efforts.
- Black/African American enrollment is up 20% over last year.
- Hispanic enrollment increased almost 11%.
- Asian enrollment increased more than 15%.
Summer Orientations occurred 4 days a week every week from mid-July to early August.
- Black/African American enrollment is up 20% over last year.
- We held 15 transfer and adult orientations to prepare 1500 transfer students for registration and enrollment.
- Over 2200 freshman students were a part of 17 orientation programs.
- More than 1500 parents and family members were part of these sessions.
- All sessions incorporated presentations on academic advising and student services from more than 20 different campus departments.
Through the collaborative efforts of The Office of Veteran and Military Resources and our campus partners, for the 2nd consecutive year Montclair State University was named one of the top military friendly schools in the nation by G.I. Jobs magazine.
In a cross-divisional collaborative effort with the Office of Information Technology (OIT), the Center for Academic Advising and Adult Learning redeveloped and streamlined the old Student Academic Monitoring Program to an online format. Faculty can now send critical information to a student's advisor, through the online STAMP application, and inform both the student and advisor of the faculty's concerns. Advisors can now intervene on the student's behalf and provide the needed support to ensure our students success. Montclair State University was the only winner of this year's National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Technology Award.
Testing and Tutoring through the Center of Academic Development and Assessment continued during the summer sessions.
- Entrance placement tests were administered to 859 students.
- 58 students received registration assistance following testing.
- 17 students were tutored in 32 sessions.
- 255 students were contacted as potential tutors for the 2010-2011 year.
- 83 tutors were interviewed and/or trained.
The Office of Student Financial Aid accomplished a major task by converting the University to Direct Leaning.
- Converted the entire financial aid system and records of 18,000 student.
- Conducted multiple outreach efforts to over 9,000 students
The Office of Residential Education and Services was exceptionally busy this summer with conference and summer residents as well as fall preparations.
- 250 students attending summer school were in residence including Pre-College programs.
- 400 conference participants lived in the halls during the summer.
- 125 student staff members from Student Development and Campus Life lived within our halls.
- 3820 students were assigned to housing for the fall.
- Extensive renovations were made to Blanton, Freeman and Russ Halls.
- New student furniture was installed throughout Bohn Hall.
- Frank Sinatra Hall, the new residential building on Clove Road was completed and readied for 303 occupants.
- Renovations to the Clove Road Apartments were completed and the complex was renamed Hawk Crossings.
- 200 students attended 2 weeks of training sessions provided by more than 20 different campus departments.
In addition to preparing for the upcoming academic year, the coaches in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics were on the recruiting trail to identify talented student athletes for the fall of 2011. Our coaches:
- Attended 67 recruiting events.
- Watched 471 contests.
- Met with 472 recruits.
- Taught at 6 sport camps.
- Taught over 400 young athletes.
Preparation for the fall and summer activities was a big part of the Center for Student Involvement and Student Recreation Center activities.
- The Center for Student Involvement was gearing for the month of September which consisted of Red Hawks Days, National Day of Services with over 250 volunteers and over 100 planned program.
- Summer at the Student Recreation Center was comprised of over 17,000 visits.
The Student Center staff was busy upgrading and renovating the building:
- Replace the 6,200 sq. ft. floor in the Student Center Ballrooms.
- Identified and framed new art work for the Student Center Dining Room.
- Removed old damaged window film in the Student Center Cafeteria and front windows .
- Painted student areas in the building annex.
- Selected and ordered new seating and for the Ballrooms.
- Selected and ordered new patio seating and umbrellas.
- Selected and ordered new benches for the main lobby.
- Ordered additional seating for the Commuter Lounge.
- Had new banners designed and installed at the front entrance of the Student Center.
The department of Equity and Diversity provided:
- Support for student internships.
- Advised alumni about vocational /job search information as well as scholarship referrals.
- Assisted with requests for reproductive rights referrals and housing difficulties.
During the summer months, the University Health Center (UHC) continued to see patients and accomplished the following in preparation for the upcoming academic year:
- Fielded more than 10,000 telephone inquiries regarding UHC services, health insurance coverage, and immunization compliance.
- Provided patient care to 1,714 students.
- Processed immunization compliance paperwork for approximately 4,600 students
- Conducted 17 orientation presentations for adult, transfer, graduate and Global Education students.
The department of Auxiliary Services (Dining, Bookstore, Vending, ID Office & Red Hawk Dollars) was extremely busy preparing for the upcoming year:
- Textbook rental was successfully launched at the University Bookstore.
- The University became compliant with the new provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act
- A new refrigeration system was constructed in the Student Center Convenience Store.
- A complete Audio Visual System was installed at the Red Hawk Diner. There are now four flat screen televisions and a new sound system.
- The Dining and Bookstore staff welcomed all parents and students during each of the 32 summer freshman and transfer orientations.