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Strategic Enrollment Planning

Strategic Enrollment Planning (SEP) is a collaborative, comprehensive, data-driven process through which EIU will develop strategies to enable it to set and meet its enrollment goals. The SEP initiative is led by a Steering Committee which reports to President Perry, and it is supported by a Planning Council that includes broad representation from each vice presidential area and key governance groups.

In Phase I, SEP will focus on developing strategies to improve traditional undergraduate student enrollments; subsequent phases will focus on graduate and nontraditional student enrollments. The long-term Strategic Enrollment Plan that results from this process will form an integral part of Envision EIU, the University's larger Strategic Plan.

Where we are now

In July, members of the Steering Committee met with the Noel-Levitz consultant to define the scope and expectations of SEP and to identify the performance indicators on which decision-making would be based. In September, the Steering Committee reviewed and refined these indicators and related data, while Planning Council subcommittees drafted “SWOT” statements and identified additional data and research needs. In November, members convened to share constituents' feedback on the SWOT statements, review the results of the research projects, develop situation analyses based on the SWOTs, and begin crafting goals and strategies. Subsequent to a campus forum on SEP in January, the Steering Committee and team leaders from the Planning Council met to refine the list of over one hundred strategies.

At our second SEP Forum on April 23rd, we updated the campus community on our planning progress as well as the status of new enrollment management projects. You can access our presentation, "SEP Forum #2," in the Documents folder. At our May 6-7 Noel-Levitz visit, we continued to craft detailed action plans designed to help us implement the strategies we've developed. (See the May SEP report in the Documents folder.) Over the summer, SEP committee members met to finalize the 25 action plans. Early this fall, the Steering Committe identified the 12 plans that will direct our long-term enrolling planning efforts. You may view a summary of these plans in the Documents folder. Recently, members of the Steering Committee reviewed a draft of the 2014 Strategic Enrollment Plan. This plan will be shared with the university community at an open forum on February 13, 2014.

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Where we’re going next

Recently, members of the Steering Committee reviewed a draft of the 2014 Strategic Enrollment Plan. This plan will be shared with the university community at an open forum on February 13, 2014.

Questions?

Feel free to contact Dr. Mary Herrington-Perry for additional information.