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Emporia State President Allison Garrett displays the "stingers up" gesture as she closes a virtual town hall Thursday. Emporia State President Allison Garrett displays the "stingers up" gesture as she closes a virtual town hall Thursday. Emporia State University screenshot

Emporia State University is looking ahead to the spring semester and beyond, based on Thursday's virtual town hall for students and staff.


One of the big issues facing the university, both this year and next, is finances. President Allison Garrett says the current budget projection shows a roughly 5-percent cut to ESU's allocation.

Having said that, university administrators praised students for their willingness to comply with COVID-19 response efforts on campus. And Garrett says there were a lot of accomplishments on campus last year. Retention rates hit a record for the third straight year -- including an all-time high for students of color -- and she says the number of graduate students also hit a record high for the third straight year. Graduation rates as a whole also hit an all-time high.

Garrett also acknowledged a decline in enrollment, but she says the 0.8-percent dip in "nose count" and the 2.3-percent reduction in full-time enrollment were lower than all other Regents institutions.

Also during the town hall, Provost David Cordle says students adjusted well to coronavirus-based adjustments and he encouraged students to continue their compliance. Vice President for Student Affairs Jim Williams says ESU is also continuing its work to have as much financial aid as possible, and he also says the Corky's Cupboard is ready to tackle food insecurity. Dovetailing off that, Chief Diversity Officer Aswad Allen mentioned the ongoing work of a Basic Needs Committee to address student issues.

Click here to view the virtual town hall.

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