MUSG Senate Approves SOF Allocations and Obtains Further Insight of Marquette University’s Enrollment Management

MILWAUKEE (September 15, 2011) – Marquette University Student Government Senate was privileged to have Dr. Jim McMahon (Associate Vice-President and Dean of Residence Life), Sean Berthold (Assistant Dean of Housing Services) and Robert Blust (Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Planning) speak about the current circumstances Marquette University is facing in regard to enrollment management. Each guest spoke to the issues and difficulties of gauging an incoming freshman class size. The main topic addressed was the current difficulty faced in accommodating for the 100+ students that were unable to receive proper housing due to a surplus of enrolled students. All facets are actively working together to move the students currently in temporary housing into improved and permanent options.

Robert Blust, Dean of Admissions and Enrollment, highlighted two reasons that are believed to be the cause of the increased enrollment and lack of housing.

1.)   In previous years about 150 people that paid the housing deposit decided not to attend Marquette University. This year only 50 people decided not to attend after already paying the housing deposit.

2.) The number of housing deposits were lower than past years, until the last month when a surplus of deposits were received and the number of students that chose to attend Marquette was higher than anticipated.

The Senate raised concern about the long-term effects that increased admission will have on student body. The Office of Residence Life, Housing Services and Admissions are aware that the current increase effects more than housing, and also influences the academic side as well. At this time they informed Senate that no definite solution has been agreed to, but they are aggressively pursuing solutions to accommodate to such concerns.

Further details on the Enrollment and Housing discussion are accessible online at www.mu.edu/musg.

Following the presentation, Senate passed the SOF allocations with a 14-0-0 vote. The approval included a $2,575.00 allocation to the for speaker Dr. Bernard Amadei, the founder of Engineers Without Borders, to speak on campus.

Preceding the SOF approvals, MUSG Programs Board highlighted that the comedian, Craig Robinson, from NBC’s “The Office” will be visiting Marquette University on October 4 at 9 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Tickets are currently available for Marquette students in the Brooks Lounge for $10, with a valid MUID, and will be opened to the public for $15.

For more information on MUSG’s news and events, visit http://mu.edu/musg or contact the MUSG office, AMU 133.

The Marquette University Student Government was developed in 1882 as the governing body of the Marquette community. Its goal is to identify, understand, actively address and represent students’ needs, concerns, and interests through acts of leadership and service, which reflect Catholic, Jesuit ideals and contribute to the betterment of the Marquette University community.

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