Have safety concerns reduced enrollment?

Question

Is enrollment down because the UAF administration doesn’t care about student safety?

Response

While UAF’s overall enrollment has declined, new baccalaureate student enrollment has remained steady.

Campus safety plays a part in the college selection process, and the Admissions Office fields questions about these issues from prospective students and their parents. We do not have data to determine whether students chose not to attend UAF because of concerns about campus safety, nor do we have data to know the degree to which students are choosing to not continue their enrollment at UAF as a result of campus safety concerns. We are looking into how we can capture these data and support students in their decision-making process.

UAF is part of a national conversation about understanding how campus safety and Title IX affect enrollment and what we can do to support our prospective and current students. We have taken several steps to support our students and change our campus culture, including:

  • Green Dot training for students, faculty and staff to create a safer environment through bystander intervention.
  • AlcoholEDU and Haven training for incoming students as a required part of their transition to college.
  • Introduction of the topic through the play “Everything Changes” and talk-back sessions with orientation leaders at New Student Orientation.
  • A marketing campaign to raise awareness of Title IX and students’ rights, created by University Relations with the input and support of students.
  • Re-establishment of the Community Service Officer program by fall 2017.

It takes all of us to create a culture of safety and support, which includes asking ourselves and others what we can do better.

— Mary Kreta, director of admissions, UAF Office of Admissions and the Registrar