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UW-Eau Claire sees small enrollment drop

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Fewer students are roaming University of Wisconsin system campuses including at UW-Eau Claire, but university officials say it’s not necessarily a bad thing.

This fall, about 10,800 students enrolled at UW-Eau Claire’s campus.  That’s roughly a 1% decrease from last school year, or 138 fewer students.

Staff members say although the total number of students attending is lower, UWEC is still earning more revenue because there are more full-time students this year, which means they’re taking more classes.

“When students are taking more classes, that means they are pursuing graduation at a quicker rate, and a four-year graduation rate is very important to us. Additionally, from a financial model, we charge by tuition, so more credits being taken equals a more financially secure model for our campus,” said Billy Felz, assistant dean of students for enrollment management at UW-Eau Claire.

To improve recruitment efforts, university staff traveled to 12 cities in Wisconsin and Minnesota as part of its “Apply for July” push. They met with prospective students and allowed them to apply a month early.

To help with retention, the university plans to establish a student-staffed office called the “Student Enrollment Communication Center” by the end of November. The goal is to create an open dialogue and address any concerns students might have.


Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim joined the News 18 team in August 2019 as a multimedia journalist. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey but has lived in all time zones of the contiguous U.S.A.

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