Posted: Sep 11, 2013 8:49 PM by Jamie Leary - MTN News
Not only is the annual MSU open house different this year, but the university releases surprising enrollment numbers.
While this is not the first open house the University has done, this is the first time it's been in this type of format. University officials can speak through the day on issues that are important to the community, faculty, staff and students.
Chris Fastnow, the Planning and Analysis Director, said, "They usually would be able to talk for about five minutes and answer one or two questions if we were lucky, so the all-day format allows us to go into more detail in terms of our plans for the future what we've done in this last year also entertain as many questions and answers as we can."
From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. nearly a dozen top faculty members spoke to specific areas of the University.
Fastnow presented some exciting preliminary numbers on growth- the University has surpassed 15,000 students, up nearly four percent from last year; there are however some areas that still need work.
"We're down in new transfer students which is one of our big feeders. A lot of our students come here as transfers were down in new graduate students but our overall graduate population has increased over last year," he said.
And Fastnow says the goal going forward is to make an MSU education available to anyone who wants it.
He said, "So we're looking at increasing our number of students in general. We're also looking at increasing our number of Native American and American Indian students. Non-traditional students, we'd like to be serving students through Gallatin College Degree and certificate program."
University officials say because this format for the open house has been so successful, it may be used for future open houses.