By: Dorothy Sherman
AUBURN, AL - Enhance student success and diversify enrollment. That's a top priority in Auburn University's strategic five year plan.
"Under student success one of our highest priorities is to improve graduation rates, improve retention, and create opportunities for students that maybe haven't thought about coming to Auburn," AU Provost Timothy Boosinger said.
According to the university the plan will increase the number of pell grant recipients to diversify enrollment. Boosinger said they'll emphasize recruiting first generation students.
"The focus is on first generation students, which are students of parents that never had the chance to go to college," Boosinger said. "So, this gives them the opportunity that might not otherwise had."
The plan also calls for increasing International students. Boosinger said they'll focus on recruiting students from countries that have invested in the state of Alabama.
"if they come to Auburn and get an Auburn degree and go back and work in South Korea, that's an example, which is the expectation. Then, in South Korea as they become future leaders, they'll look to Alabama and think well need to invest more in Alabama. Everybody wins," Boosinger said.
The university also plans to start offering at least 3 Auburn degree programs online. This distance learning will increase student enrollment by 5,000.
"Adding 5,000 more students even though it's through distance that's pretty bold," Boosinger said.
These changes won't happen over night. But, Boosinger said with success of the last plan, he's hoping to reach these goals in five years.
Through this plan the university hopes to increase graduation rates by 10 percent.
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