Faced with flat enrollment numbers and diminished public funding, the University of North Alabama will increase next year its focus on growing student enrollment.
Director of University Communications Josh Woods said today the school will promote administration member Thomas Calhoun in January to the role of vice president for enrollment.
In the position, Calhoun will help the university establish long-term enrollment and recruitment goals, as well as a strategic growth plan. Woods said the school presently has no long-term enrollment goal.
The move comes as universities across the state push to grow their enrollment as a means to stave off tuition hikes in the face of diminished state appropriations.
"As the state puts less and less toward higher education, universities can cut some, but you get to a point where you're cutting the quality of education, and that is going to serve no one well," Woods said.