The student population, which recently notched record numbers this spring, is one of the big reasons the university isn’t feeling the financial pinch felt by others, Van Horn said. And he said it’s all the more important to keep pushing ahead on growing the student body’s size and vitality. Many students come from within just 150 miles of campus, located approximately halfway between Fargo and Grand Forks, and he spoke about growing partnerships with local schools to bring even more of them to Mayville State.
“Enrollment growth is not important, it’s essential to our university over the next decade. … (It’s) the reason we’re not hurting the way some of our peer institutions are hurting,” Van Horn said in the address, which was re-broadcast widely via campus radio. “The enrollment growth has made a difference in funding from the state, in the tuition that we generate. … It makes a difference for positive end results.”
The university welcomed about 1,100 students during the spring semester, up 6 percent from the prior year. The achievement came in Van Horn’s first year leading the institution.
Van Horn briefly pivoted to a discussion of the broader state of American higher education, noting challenges