Daily Bread for 6.5.22: UW System Spring Enrollment Down for Whitewater, Other Campuses

Good morning.

Sunday in Whitewater will see scattered late afternoon showers with a high of 75. Sunrise is 5:17 AM and sunset 8:30 PM for 15h 13m 00s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 29.7% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1947, in a speech at Harvard, the United States Secretary of State George Marshall calls for economic aid to war-torn Europe in a program now known as the Marshall Plan. (Marshall was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953 for the plan.)

Rich Kremer reports Spring enrollment down at most UW campuses compared with [Spring] 2021:

Spring enrollment data from the University of Wisconsin System show continued declines at many two-year campuses and some four-year universities.

Enrollment across all state public colleges and universities showed little change, with an average 1.6 percent decline this spring, according to final UW System data. The average among all four-year universities was down 1.4 percent while the decline across the state’s 13 two-year campuses dropped by 8.6 percent. 


Of the UW System’s four-year universities, UW-Superior saw a 5.8 percent increase in enrollment this spring, with 136 more students than spring 2021. The only other university to post spring enrollment gains was UW-Madison with an increase of 3 percent. 

Jeremy Nere, UW-Superior senior enrollment officer, said part of that growth was due to recruitment of more international students from places like Ethiopia and Nepal. 

UW-Whitewater saw an overall decline in spring enrollment from 2021 to 2022 of 2.7%, with declines of 2.2% on the main campus in Whitewater and 12.5% at the Rock County campus.

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Of enrolled students, an appreciable number do not live in Whitewater, so the total enrollment figures for the Whitewater campus (9,874) overstate the local economic impact of actual student residents. For UW-Whitewater, these figures suggest a decline but not collapse. (There has never been a moment when, despite occasional worries on campus, collapse has been a prospect for UW-Whitewater. Changing enrollment and leadership may create that impression, but that view is overwrought.)

Whitewater and other communities will have to adjust, however, to a smaller number of resident students. Growth of the campus population in the last decade (growth that peaked around 2016) has proved temporary.

The administrative attaboys one heard at that time were too soon and too many.

See also Ongoing Enrollment Declines at UW-Whitewater, Elsewhere.

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