ISU looking to implement more distance learning in response to declining enrollment

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Indiana State University Board of Trustees are working to implement a strategic plan, geared at getting enrollment numbers back up.

According to Indiana State University President Dr. Deborah Curtis said the pandemic’s impact has caused in-person enrollment dropped by 9% since last spring.

However, online enrollment has increased.

“For them, it might be another version of what Indiana State offers which could be distance. We’ve for a long time been almost 25% of our student population online. During the pandemic, for those students still going to school it’s been more like 30% for us,” said Dr. Curtis.

She also said they look ahead to fiscal year 2022 cuts among staff aren’t likely. But it depends on how enrollment numbers continue to trend. 

“We’re working really hard to make sure that we’re pushing the gas pedal where we see the need from students saying ‘I want to take this, I want to take that’ and shifting our employees that way,” Dr. Curtis said.

According to Dr. Curtis, their outcome of the 2022 fiscal year budget will depend on decisions made during the current statehouse session in Indianapolis.

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