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Dear students, faculty, and staff,
Good Thursday morning.
Today, I’d like to share some information about our enrollment, retention, and graduation rates for this academic year. Overall, we have good news. Our student body is one of the most qualified we’ve ever had at Louisiana Tech, and our students are both staying in college and graduating at high rates.
This year, Tech marked its highest freshman retention rate, with 80.5 percent of incoming freshmen from the 2019-20 academic year returning to campus for 2020-21. The second-to-third-year retention was also at a record high of 71.2 percent. I recognize that your excellent work in and out of the classroom – helping create our campus culture – is the reason for these outstanding results. Our students know they can depend on their peers, faculty members, and staff to support them through challenges, and I know they appreciate how everyone works together to create the Tech Family.
The University’s six-year graduation rate is also at an all-time high of 62 percent, up from 60 percent last year and 54 percent the previous year. Our faculty and staff members share a dedication to student success. Louisiana Tech provides a balance between support and challenge for all students, pushing them to become better scholars and citizens. Once again, our unique campus culture is responsible for ensuring our students achieve their academic goals in spite of challenges like the ones we’ve seen in the past couple of years. Those challenges are what make these student success achievements even more remarkable.
Fall enrollment at Louisiana Tech is 11,197, with 1,864 first-time freshmen. Once again, our freshman class is the most academically prepared in Tech’s history. Our average ACT score for first-time, incoming freshmen is 24.8, and this continues our tradition of keeping the best of Louisiana’s students in state, and attracting some of the brightest from out of state. Also in our freshman class, 51 percent were in the top 25 percent of their high-school graduating class, and 41 percent had a high school gpa of 3.75 or higher.
Our academic programs continue to attract strong students. Biology and Mechanical Engineering were the most popular undergraduate majors at Tech, followed by Computer Science, Kinesiology, and Interdisciplinary Studies.
We are enthusiastic about the growth and academic possibilities within Interdisciplinary Studies. The major allows students to craft a program of study that corresponds to their needs and unique career plans. Our Tech Next work group is currently working on ways to combine the undergraduate minors within the Interdisciplinary Studies program to ensure students meet their academic goals with a program crafted by and for them individually. Their work to reframe our educational offerings will continue to reap positive benefits for the campus.
Our graduate programs also continue to show promise for growth when they meet the needs of our students and other stakeholders. Graduate programs in the College of Business grew 62 percent overall, and the Master of Business Administration program – Tech’s most popular graduate academic program – experienced a 79 percent growth for the 2020-21 academic year.
While our overall enrollment numbers were not what we had hoped, we are confident that we will see things turn around as we go through this year and into next year. Most of our declines this year were in non-degree, service-oriented and low credit-hour areas like life-long learning, senior fitness, staff development and other extension areas. We lost some of our international students due to immigration challenges. And our first-time freshmen numbers were down as a number of students decided to sit out for the Fall Quarter due to uncertainties with the coronavirus. We have been contacting those students to encourage them to join us later this year or next Fall.
The 2020-21 academic year looks bright for Louisiana Tech, thanks to the hard work of our faculty, staff, and students. Thank you for continuing to stay the course during these challenging times.
Remember that Louisiana Tech’s benefits-eligible employees will have the opportunity to enroll in benefits plans beginning Thursday, Oct. 1. The open enrollment period will end Nov. 15.
Information on plan offerings and how to enroll will be sent from Corestream, our benefits provider, via your Louisiana Tech email accounts.
Remember that it’s up to all of us to continue to make progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Our actions in and out of the classroom, as well as on and off campus, make a difference.