Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Applications to attend Brandon University jump 20% from a year ago

  • Print

APPLICATIONS to Brandon University have soared this year, running 20 per cent more than a year ago.

"People are pretty much over the strike," said BU president Deborah Poff. After suffering the longest faculty strike in Manitoba history in 2011, BU has bounced back and expects enrolment to grow in September, she said.

The numbers are welcome, but where BU has shown success is in paying more attention to retaining current students, recruiting more intensely and paying more attention to the students it hopes to enrol.

BU's admissions department says 636 people have applied to attend the university as new students beginning this fall. That compares to 528 at the same time early in 2012, 619 in 2011, and 567 in 2010.

"We're also up significantly in international applications," Poff said. "It tells us that we're doing the right thing."

She noted BU is in the third year of a five-year strategic plan, one element of which called for hiring a director of recruitment and retention and two student-success officers.

"The dean of students, for the first time, is going to India, China and Bangladesh in a systematic way," Poff said. BU was part of a Manitoba trade mission to Brazil, which has so far netted student applications.

BU now has a full-time director of international activities, the president said. In Brandon, "we're opening up the university more," an extensive open house at Winterlude being the most recent example.

"We'll have a number of evening coffee klatches with people who've never been to university... this is for mature, non-traditional students."

While Poff was uncertain how closely applications produce enrolments, she said first-year enrolment was up this past September. That comes from not being passive and not waiting for students to decide where they'll go: "We're now much more proactive in contacting students," she said.

-- Nick Martin

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 14, 2013 A9

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Steeves wants to divert BRT cash to rec centres

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS 060710 The full moon rises above the prairie south of Winnipeg Monday evening.
  • horse in sunset - marc gallant

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What should the legal drinking age be?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google