Remarks to the Board of Regents

November 18, 2008

I am pleased to report that on October 18, Explore Eastern had a record turnout of 2,300 prospective students with their families and, from that, we received 535 applications for admission. Our applications and admits for Fall 2009 are currently at their highest level since Fall 2006.

Our EMU Student Recruitment package was recognized with a GOLD Marcom award. Our nursing faculty have increased capacity in the Registered Nursing (RN) to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion program from 58 to 128 students starting Winter 2009 and in the BSN program for Fall 2009 from 80 to 112.

That is a total increase of 102 BSN students annually from 138 to 240. Not only are we increasing our quantity, the quality is outstanding as shown by the recent national licensure exam scores of 94 percent as compared to other Michigan program averages of 87-88 percent. EMU is reaching out to serve the educational needs of our citizens by expanding programs like Nursing and adding new innovative programs like the Bachelor of Arts/Science in Simulation, Animation and Gaming, as seen on your agenda today.

Washington is providing $800,000 for our textile coatings research program in the Department of Defense appropriation. We are planning the renovation of Pray-Harrold and breaking ground on our science complex today, demonstrating our commitment to reinvest in our learning environments to provide quality education for our students.

We remain concerned about state revenues and possible impact upon our appropriations.

I have visited with alumni in Grand Blanc, Columbus, San Antonio, Chicago and St. Clair Shores, as well as here on campus, and they all take pride in the great news coming from Eastern Michigan University. Leaders of our student organizations were recently invited to University House for a reception and Buell Hall residents invited me to serve as the host for EMU Trivia. As the holidays approach, our marching band will be at the head of America's Thanksgiving Day parade down Woodward Avenue and I have invited all employees to University House for a holiday reception during the first week of December.