Southern hopes to boost enrollment
BATON ROUGE- Southern University discussed ways to increase enrollment and boost graduation rates at The Press Club this afternoon.
Albert Tezeno, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success, told reporters the university is working to increase partnerships with high schools and community colleges, a tactic echoed by Southern students.
"Recruit more within the high schools and be more social with them, instead of just giving out fliers and promoting, actually have one on one with the high schoolers and letting them know what Southern can offer for them and how great of an experience it could be to going to Southern University," said Adrian Carr, a student at Southern University.
The school also plans to waive out of state fees for well qualified students, effectively leveling the playing field when students are making their education choices.
"It becomes more affordable now if they qualify for the out of state fee waiver," said Tezeno, who added those students must meet GPA and testing requirements to get the waiver.
Southern already offers ways to get students who don't meet collegiate criteria requirements with their SUSLA Connect program.
"It gives them access to a higher education, they may not have met the minimum criteria for admission so instead of just putting them out and them having nothing else to do, we came up with this SUSLA connect program where the students can go through the developmental stages and take courses on our campus," said Tezeno.
Southern University has a partnership with BRCC, but hopes to make more connection with area community colleges to offer more students access to a four year degree.