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LETHBRIDGE: It's full steam ahead at the University of Lethbridge - despite a slight dip in numbers. Final enrollment is now clocked at 8457 students, about 15 fewer than last year. Leaders say the numbers are "on track" with plans for the next couple years, when anticipated belt tightening means a further look inward to improve programs and services - and a student population growth targeted at just zero to two per cent.

"With the university degree experience, certainly the program is a major component. But their experience on campus and the way they interact with the community is a very important part of that," said Andrew Hakin, vice president academic at the school. "That's what we're looking to support."

The university launched a major overhaul of its student services. One of the initiatives looks at ways to up the university's profile as a "destination" university. "We're still relatively young. We haven't got the benefit of 100 plus years of experience. But we do know that a lot of what we have to do to become this destination is to improve the student experience - enhance, improve, support," said Hakin.

Associate vice president Bob Boudreau says they're looking to control student growth and keep it manageable - so they not only have the programs to get students here, but to keep them here as well. "It's about graduation rates as well," said Boudreau. "It's about getting the students in, getting them an incredible experience and getting them out so they're successful in their career.

Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 4/20/2014 2:52:28 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News - photo by Country 95 News: (l to r) Bob Boudreau and Andrew Hakin review student enrollment numbers ahead of a meeting Tuesday
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