I am excited to report that we have surpassed our goal of enrolling 1,550 new freshmen this fall. Freshman enrollment increased by nearly 20 percent over last year, and the new residence halls filled to capacity weeks before classes began.
Freshman applications reached an all-time high this year, and the percentage of accepted students who enrolled at CSU was among the highest in the state. Our new students are arriving from ever more distant locations, including a 20 percent jump in out-of-state freshmen and a 27 percent rise from outside of Cuyahoga County.
All told, the numbers unequivocally indicate that Cleveland State is becoming a university of preference. The shift is a testament to the hard work, high academic standards and creative ways we engage our students. Thank you to the entire faculty and staff for your dedication and support. Together we are making Cleveland State a best-in-class urban university.
For more information, read the Plain Dealer's story from move-in day: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2012/08/csu_welcomes_its_biggest_fresh.html
An Emerging Neighborhood
The development is a welcome change to the Chester Avenue landscape, and the architecture is blending into the campus nicely. In the next two months, another 60 beds are expected to become available, and by this time next year, there will be an additional 450 people living on campus.
Campus International School Expands
In a few months, we will raze the former Viking Hall and Kinko's building on Euclid Avenue to make way for the new Center for Innovation in Health Professions. Watch for more details about that facility as they become available.
The growth and new activity throughout campus are exhilarating. The energy is infectious. It is attracting new businesses and creating a downtown dynamic that this area has never before seen. I am excited to be a part of a neighborhood transformation, and I know the entire region supports our efforts.
Setting New Standards in Career Placement
CSUteach immerses would-be teachers in project-based STEM learning and teaching innovations, culminating in a yearlong field experience in one of four local school districts. By Spring Commencement, all 14 students had completed their requirements for secondary mathematics and science teacher licensure. By August, all 14 students had secured teaching jobs – a remarkable achievement in a time of educational cutbacks and downsizing.
Congratulations to the new teachers and to the CSU faculty and staff who worked diligently to help this first cohort reach its 100-percent placement goal.
For more information about CSUteach,visit: http://www.csuohio.edu/cehs/centers/csuteach.html
Driving Academic Success through Superior Service
Enrollment Services this fall has made a number of important improvements aimed at better assisting students through their academic careers. Our online degree audit tool has been overhauled and renamed Grad Express Degree Audit to reflect its new, user friendly features.
Accessible through CampusNet, Grad Express is yet another tool developed to help students stay on track with the correct classes needed toward degree completion. Among many new features, the system will streamline the process of applying for graduation, help transfer students better understand their academic needs and allow faculty to more easily assist their students.
Later this fall, we will implement a new communication tool called Starfish, a software system that dramatically improves the ability for students to make appointments with support services and faculty on campus. It will improve the ability of faculty, tutors and advisors to coordinate their services and tie many of the academic services into one central location. Watch for more information about Starfish as it becomes available.
We will continue to seek new ways of helping our students succeed, but we need your help. If you have any questions or suggestions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn More about Grad Express, visit: http://www.csuohio.edu/enrollmentservices/registrar/degreeaudit/
To learn more about Starfish, visit: http://www.csuohio.edu/offices/undergraduatestudies/starfish_faculty.html
Again, welcome back to a new school year at Cleveland State. By all indications, it looks to be another exciting year of success.
Ronald M. Berkman
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