Enjoying leading in the midst of seismic flux
The state economy has tanked, with a forecast budget deficit for 2011-13 of $4.6 billion.
The state’s support of higher education has dropped precipitously, about 30 percent in ten years, and declining rapidly. (See related graph.)
Tuition rates at WSU continue to rise sharply to offset lack of state funding – up 56 percent in five years (from $5,506 in 2005-06 to $8,592 in 2010-11) – thereby pushing education out of reach for many families.
Offices that John Fraire oversees
Student Affairs includes:
Enrollment management includes:
Q: Given your added assignments, how do you view the recent merging and restructuring of the divisions?
As a result, on-site admissions is another area of success. We host on-campus conferences for minority students from all over the state. Those students are asked to bring transcripts and applications, which are reviewed during their visit. Then, on the last day of the conference at the dinner we recognize those who have been admitted.
JF: One thing that did not work well was that we tried to change, at least in part, the Regents’ Scholarship Program. The program was formed in 2001 to attract high-level academic students. It allowed every high school in the state to nominate two candidates, who would be guaranteed some scholarship, although some would earn larger ones than others. But many of the scholarships were only guaranteed for two years.