Kennedy’s presentation was launched by a quick video phase outlining the success of the varsity’s ladies’s volleyball workforce, a clip meant to exhibit management and teamwork. These themes offered a handy illustration of the varsity’s new slogan—”Leaders in Motion”—which was drafted over the summer time utilizing enter from a months-lengthy branding research carried out final spring.
Kennedy additionally used a current volleyball victory as a metaphor for the college—down by two units and confronted with odds stacked towards them, the group nonetheless persevered and gained the match. The president likened that state of affairs to that of UND having moved via two subsequent price range cuts and nonetheless discovering success in a aggressive panorama of upper schooling, some extent Kennedy evidenced by citing the varsity’s basic upward motion in the newest U.S. Information and World Report rankings and its placement on a extra selective record of the highest 25 “most progressive” establishments.
As he has accomplished in previous shows of UND’s overarching strategic plan, Kennedy pointed to statistics indicating weak progress in larger schooling throughout the nation. The counterweight to that, he added, was comparatively robust progress within the on-line schooling sector.
“General, the variety of college students coming to universities has been down each semester since 2013,” he stated. “Within the nation as an entire, the variety of college students on campus at 4-yr public universities is markedly down, with a larger proportion of their college students being on-line.”
Kennedy added that the “most progressive” strategy, a recognition given after a survey of leaders at different faculties, wanted to be leveraged to assist UND achieve a tightening market.
At UND, current enrollment statistics for the autumn semester point out a decline within the complete variety of college students coupled with a slight improve within the variety of new freshmen.
“Given the development that we have been on, just like what we have seen within the nation, it will take us a yr or two of robust freshman courses in an effort to flip the entire head rely up,” he stated.
The president was optimistic nonetheless as he spoke to the varsity’s elevated give attention to higher advertising, its makes an attempt to construct a extra cohesive, pleasant campus group and its continued embrace of experiential studying.