With the recent decline of enrollment, the assumption is
that the university is seeing a something that will negatively affect Tech.
This, however, is not the case.
This quarter Tech has experienced a slight decrease in
the number of students-- 63 students in total to be exact. This figure is
actually a commendable number because of several obstacles that have affected
Katrina effects are still being strongly felt with a
number of the university’s students from Southeast Louisiana who attended Tech
before the hurricane actually relocating to other areas.
For the most part, the entire state of Louisiana is
seeing a decrease in enrollment and Tech has fared pretty well in that respect.
Neighboring school, the University of Louisiana-Monroe,
is facing a 500-student decrease. Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge and
other South Louisiana schools are feeling the crunch even more.
Other factors included a growing number of graduates.
Last spring took with it the largest graduating class in Tech history.
This deficit is usually made up, for the most part, with
incoming freshmen; however, new circumstances in this area have also arisen.
The number of graduating high school students who enroll
in college has been down, which means that the outgoing number of students is
greater than the incoming.
Academic enrollment standards have been raised again this
year. This is the fourth time for an increase in the standards since the first
time in 1992 and should be considered a good thing.
Students are now expected to meet these requirements:
• High school grade point average of 2.5 or higher
• ACT composite of 23 or greater, or
• High school graduation rank in top 25 percent of class.
Also, students must require no more than one remedial
With such standards, a decrease in the number of students
was even predicted to be greater. But the university believes that the quality
of students has impacted Tech greater than any quantity could have.
Tech President Dan Reneau has set us a notch above, and
the students these standards have produced are excellent and should be
recognized. With the first standard raise in 1992, Tech lost 1,200 students but
saw many benefits after difficult decisions.
The university has hoped for the same enrichment and has
already felt its effects and looks forward to many more in the upcoming year.