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USI Enrollment Down, Diversity Up


The university is taking steps to attract students

Enrollment is down but diversity is up at the University of Southern Indiana. WNIN’s John Gibson reports:

USI’s undergraduate and graduate fall enrollment fell 7.3 percent to 7,361.

Provost Mohammed Khayum acknowledged the university faces challenges shared by colleges across the state and around the country.

First-time freshmen student enrollment at USI was 1,251, down from last year’s 1,327.

University President Ron Rochon pointed out that USI continues to represent underserved populations with students of color and international students up a full percentage point to nearly 17 percent of the university’s population.

Rochon is USI’s first African-American president.

He says the university is looking to hire a new Vice President for Strategic Enrollment and implementing a new customer relationship software system to help attract new students.