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With the recent decline of enrollment, the assumption is that the university is seeing a something that will negatively affect

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 this decrease.

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 course.

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.

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