Kari Moody, director of Alumni Relations

Alumni assist with the recruiting process during the pandemic, send 5,000 notecards to prospects

One of the things that makes UW-Green Bay so special is the commitment to the Phoenix family—and some of our alumni have been showcasing that commitment throughout the past year. In a collaboration between the Office of Admissions and Alumni Relations, a team of alumni is engaging with prospective students for Fall 2021.

When the pandemic began, students were in a place of uncertainty. Uncertain about next steps, about college, about their futures—but they bet on themselves. The Admissions team saw an influx of applications for the upcoming fall semester, surpassing the total number of Fall 2020 applications just a few months after applications opened. As students continue to make their college decisions, Admissions has the task of yielding those students to commit to UW-Green Bay.

That’s where alumni have stepped up to the plate. Director of Alumni Relations Kari Moody (’00) was searching for ways to get alumni connected with admitted students. Our alumni are extremely supportive—donating annually and even funding their own scholarships—but they don’t have many opportunities to interact directly with incoming Phoenix.

With Moody’s direction and a group of enthusiastic alumni, the notecard project was born. A team of alumni from many disciplines, majors, and eras of UW-Green Bay are rising to the challenge to write letters to our admitted students within their busy days. The ability to share their Phoenix story with the next generation is something that they’ve enjoyed doing—the numbers show it! With more than 5,000 note cards sent—their stories are traveling far and wide to our future Phoenix. Besides the notecard project, alumni have also stepped up to call students, write emails, and even take over the LifeatUWGB Instagram page from time to time.

We can confidently say that from admissions to alumni—this University is dedicated to the best student experience!

Submitted by Alexandra Campion, Admissions; In the photo, Alumni Director Kari Moody loads-up on Phoenix pride items from The Phoenix Bookstore!

Spring Enrollment Dropped By More Than 10 Percent At 4 UW Campuses Since 2019 | Wisconsin Public Radio

Four campuses within the University of Wisconsin System have seen spring enrollments decline by more than 10 percent since 2019. UW-Platteville saw spring enrollments drop by more than 17 percent in the last three years. Preliminary spring enrollment data obtained through a state open records request shows an average decline of 3.7 percent across the state’s 13 universities and branch campuses between 2019 and this year. That’s not far off from a year-to-year decline of 2 percent reported by the UW System last fall. But the new spring enrollment data shows significant declines over the past three years at some campuses. UW-Platteville reported a 17.2 percent drop from spring of 2019 through spring of 2021. A spokesperson for the campuses said administrators were not available to comment.

UW-Green Bay’s enrollment grew by 9.2 percent between spring of 2019 and spring of 2021. Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Kate Burns told WPR the university has seen enrollment grow over the past six years, including a 2 percent increase during the pandemic. 

“That was very unusual within the UW system in terms of that growth,” said Burns. “Most campuses did see a decline.”

Burns credited new academic programs in high-demand fields like nursing, engineering, business and psychology along with bachelor’s degree programs at its branch campuses in Marinette, Sheboygan and Manitowoc. 

“We grew at all four of our campus locations this year, and we were the only school within the system to show growth across all of their locations,” said Burns. 

Source: Spring Enrollment Dropped By More Than 10 Percent At 4 UW Campuses Since 2019 | Wisconsin Public Radio

UW-Green Bay Allows Students to Study Wherever Summer Takes Them

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced today a line-up of 200+ summer courses—the majority of those online—for Summer 2021. Registration opened April 5, 2021.

“We want to help students to continue to pursue a degree wherever they are. Last year, even during the pandemic, we had the highest summer enrollment in the University’s history. This year, students will be provided that same popular option for the majority of our courses,” said Executive Director of Admissions Rachele Bakic. “We found our students to be appreciative of the opportunity to get ahead, catch-up, or maintain their path to graduation.”

Summer courses are offered in four-, six-, eight- and 10-week sessions across most of the University’s undergraduate program areas and run from May 24 through the end of summer. More information, including how to apply, how to register, tuition and more, can be found at www.uwgb.edu/summer.

Last year more than 2,200 students—1,800 of those current UW-Green Bay students—took summer courses at UW-Green Bay, which was the fastest growing University in the UW System.

Media can reach Bakic at bakicr@uwgb.edu for interviews.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving 8,970 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 79,604 continuing education enrollees each year across all campus locations. We educate students from pre-college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2020, UW-Green Bay was the fastest growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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UW-Green Bay Offering 200+ Summer Courses – Registration Now Open – Green Bay News Network

UW-Green Bay Offering 200+ Summer Courses – Registration Now OpenGreen Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced today a line-up of 200+ summer courses—the majority of those online—for Summer 2021. Registration opened April 5, 2021.“We want to help students to continue to pursue a degree wherever they are. Last year, even during the pandemic, we had the highest summer enrollment in the University’s history. This year, students will be provided that same popular option for the majority of our courses,” said Executive Director of Admissions Rachele Bakic. “We found our students to be appreciative of the opportunity to get ahead, catch-up, or maintain their path to graduation.”Summer courses are offered in four-, six-, eight- and 10-week sessions across most of the University’s undergraduate program areas and run from May 24 through the end of summer.More information, including how to apply, how to register, tuition and more, can be found at www.uwgb.edu/summer.Last year more than 2,200 students—1,800 of those current UW-Green Bay students—took summer courses at UW-Green Bay, which was the fastest growing University in the UW System.

Source: UW-Green Bay Offering 200+ Summer Courses – Registration Now Open – Green Bay News Network

UW-Green Bay Allows Students to Study Wherever Summer Takes Them | Seehafer News

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has announced a line-up of 200+ summer courses—the majority of those online—for Summer 2021.Registration opened April 5, 2021.Executive Director of Admissions Rachele Bakic said in a news release, “We want to help students to continue to pursue a degree wherever they are. Last year, even during the pandemic, we had the highest summer enrollment in the University’s history.”Last year more than 2,200 students, 1,800 of those current UW-Green Bay students, took summer courses at UW-Green Bay, which was the fastest-growing University in the UW System.

Source: UW-Green Bay Allows Students to Study Wherever Summer Takes Them | Seehafer News

Fewer high school seniors in Wisconsin are applying for federal student aid for college | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) The pandemic has impacted many things and now some worry a college education might be the next casualty. Fewer students are applying for federal student aid and experts want to change that.High school seniors preparing for college use the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid form to apply for financial aid. But this year the head of Achieve Brown County says FAFSA completion rates are down 10 percent and that has him worried.

“Our high school students have been through a lot this last year,” said Jennifer Jones.

Jones is the vice chancellor for enrollment at UW-Green Bay and on the FAFSA team.

“Ask for help. We have offices at all of these institutions just ready and waiting for somebody to come and say I need help finishing this little task, so I can take that next step towards enrollment,” Jones said.

Source: Fewer high school seniors in Wisconsin are applying for federal student aid for college | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

UW System targets new funds to help incoming freshmen prepare for university with summer bridge programs

(Press Release from UW-System) MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System will provide summer learning assistance to 1,400 additional incoming freshmen this year, more than doubling the number of admitted students receiving help through campus-based summer bridge programs.

Summer bridge programs are critical to ensuring that high school graduates make a successful transition to university. While program details and offerings differ at each university, many of them have core areas in common, including academic skill-building, career exploration, mentoring, and student health and wellness.

Summer bridge programs are now even more important for incoming students who have had to endure academic, financial, and emotional challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic. UW System is seeding the expansion of summer bridge programs across the state with an initial $1.3 million investment in these important campus programs. The UW System will be seeking reimbursement with state revenue or federal COVID-19 relief funds and ongoing support for this expanded program.

UW-Green Bay receives First-Gen Forward designation

National Honor for Commitment to First-Generation Student Success

Green Bay, Wis.— The Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation, recently announced the 2021-22 First-gen Forward cohort, which included the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. UW-Green Bay is the first UW System institution to be recognized as a First-Gen Forward institution.

The First-gen Forward designation recognizes institutions of higher education which have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. Selected institutions receive professional development, community-building experiences, and a first look at the Center’s research and resources.

At UW-Green Bay, 34.2% (2,356) undergraduate students and 11.2% (51) graduate students are recognized as first-generation student—the first in their families to pursue a college degree.

“This exciting opportunity reaffirms UW-Green Bay’s commitment to the success of our first-generation college students, said Corey King, vice chancellor, University Inclusivity & Student Affairs. “This collaborative partnerships with Academic Affairs is another milestone in our institutional efforts to become an inclusive and welcoming university.”

UW-Green Bay among nearly 80 higher education institutions selected to participate in the 2021-22 cohort. Universities who have been recognized as first-gen forward institutions include the University of Florida, Ohio State, Rutgers, UNC-Chapel Hill, Colorado State, Georgetown, Clemson, Florida State, UC-Santa Barbara and CSU-Sacramento.

“When First-Generation College Students choose UW-Green Bay, they entrust us with providing the required curricular and co-curricular opportunities to ensure their success though degree completion and beyond,” King stated. “UW-Green Bay recognizes that the success of First-Generation College Students opens the pathway for future generations.”

King said that being part of this cohort will help UW-Green Bay be part of the solution toward higher college attainment levels in Wisconsin. “As a University, we take great responsibility in being part of the solution,” King said.

“First-gen Forward now recognizes and supports over 200 diverse institutions across three cohorts, all of which continue to lead the nation through their commitment to first-generation student success. We are pleased to welcome UW-Green Bay for its long-term commitment and demonstrated strategies for advancing first-generation student initiatives,” said Dr. Sarah E. Whitley, assistant vice president, Center for First-generation Student Success.

As a First-gen Forward Institution, interested faculty and staff will be afforded multiple opportunities to engage with peer institutions who are also creating environments that improve the experiences and outcomes of first-generation students. Selected institutions will send representatives to the First-gen Forward Workshop slated for early-June and will participate in monthly phone calls, virtual professional development, goal setting, blog development, annual reporting, and more. After two successful years in the program, institutions are eligible to apply for the advisory leadership designation.

At UW-Green Bay, Corey King, vice chancellor for University Inclusivity & Student Affairs; Jen Jones, assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management, and Vince Lowery, director of Student Success and Engagement, will lead efforts on behalf of the University.

To learn more about first-generation efforts at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, contact Vince Lowery, loweryv@uwgb.edu. To learn more about the Center for First-generation Student Success, visit firstgen.naspa.org.

About NASPA
NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. Its work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy, and research for 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. territories. Visit naspa.org for more information. The Center for First-generation Student Success is the premier source of evidence-based practices, professional development, and knowledge creation for the higher education community to advance the success of first-generation students. Through four strategic priority areas, the Center drives higher education innovation and advocacy for first-generation student success.

About UW-Green Bay
Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving 8,970 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 95,000 continuing education learners each year. We educate students from pre-college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2020, UW-Green Bay was the fastest-growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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Admissions referral promotion for current students

Admissions is hosting a promotion for each UW-Green Bay campus encouraging current students to make referrals of others who they believe may want to join the Phoenix family. Students who provide a referral from Feb 22 to March 26, 2021, will be entered to win a UW-Green Bay prize pack, featuring a signed Packers mini-helmet. Help spread the word to current students to encourage referrals. Learn more and make a referral at www.uwgb.edu/admissions/referrals. Referrals from faculty and staff are welcome, too! While you won’t be entered in a drawing you can use this form to share the UW-Green Bay spirit.

 

Some local colleges adapt admissions standards due to pandemic | WLUK

BROWN COUNTY (WLUK) — UWGB admissions says COVID isn’t just impacting prospective students.”This has not been their fault. COVID has impacted them the same way it has impacted us as professionals. It’s been a challenge,” UWGB executive director of admissions Rachele Bakic said.The pandemic has pushed some college admissions departments to be flexible.Both St. Norbert College and all UW system schools waived their standardized testing requirements temporarily.

Source: Some local colleges adapt admissions standards due to pandemic | WLUK