Record UO enrollment mistake

Suck it up, faculty. Press release here. No mention of the percentage of freshmen that are in-state, a politically charged percentage given the New Partnership proposals that the legislature will face this winter. I’m guessing this means it’s less than half. Word down at the faculty club is that Roger Thompson’s shop has lost some quantitative people, and that the increase from the 24,000 in Bean’s academic plan (or 24,500, Bean doesn’t even know which is correct) was the result of forecasting errors.  9/24/2012.

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12 Responses to Record UO enrollment mistake

  1. Anonymous says:

    Dog says

    Dude, I already suck, ask anyone …
    Faculty dogs just suck

    On a not unrelated issue, today’s saturation of
    students did not help our wireless network
    infrastructure very much, particularly if you
    were in the Knight Library. Oh well, I did find
    a dog parking space today, so it was a good day

  2. uomatters says:

    Those spots in front of the fire hydrants are there just for you, Dog ;).

  3. Anonymous says:

    Any news on the number of graduate students?

  4. Anonymous says:

    As a parent of a college freshman (not UO), I can tell you that forecasting is a complete crapshoot these days. My son’s school projected 12K applications for its 3500 slots and projected an acceptance rate of 32% of those who would actually come. The school actually received 19.5K applications, accepted at the historic level, but had an acceptance rate of nearly 44%. Ooops. No housing, not enough teachers etc. So, the “art” of forecasting is probably closer to blindfolding darts at this point.

    On the other hand, I am heartened at the increases in diversity and overall academic prowess of this freshman class. We seem to be making great strides in attracting an impressive group. Congrats. Let’s keep that good work up. Now, let’s just make sure we keep them…which gets back to the faculty, services, and facilities issues that have been on this blog all summer.

    • Anonymous says:

      Keep them? A better response to the Bean/Thompson failure to manage enrollment might be to increase attrition rates by raising academic standards even further. If enrolling additional students was a mistake (it was, of course), keeping them is likely a mistake, too.

    • uomatters says:

      No way! Keep the students, hire more faculty, fire the administrators!

      Or at least spend some of that tuition money to retire them with “special assistant provost” jobs.

    • uomatters says:

      Interesting that your child’s university actually released those data. How many hundreds of dollars did they make you spend on the public records requests?!

    • Awesome0 says:

      I believe I heard of this novel invention….waitlisting?

  5. Anonymous says:

    KVAL just reported that we have 230 new faculty members to go with our 5500 new students. I hate imprecision.

  6. Angry old lady says:

    I tell ya…a classified person is required by administrators to have a better quality of work than Bean does. What a waste he proves to be. I can’t believe he came from the college of business…numbers seem to run away from him and his business style is less than stellar. Gawd he’s embarrassing.

    Amazing someone hasn’t picked up the waste in JH produced by these self righteous greed mongers disguised as administrators and done something about it.

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