Student recruitment team to be paid for efforts

March 4, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE- The Multicultural Services Student Recruitment Team has a positive impact on the UW-Platteville campus and the community with its efforts in trying to increase the number of students of color.

The Multicultural Services Student Recruitment Team was developed to the assist minority admission recruiters as part of a strategic plan for increasing diversity, Plan 2008. The overall goal of the plan is to have the yield rate of students of color equal to the yield rate of the general population. Yield rate is defined as out of the number of applicants accepted, the number that actually enrolls and comes to campus the following fall.

The student recruitment team makes phone calls, sends mailings, attends Pioneer Preview Days and makes specialty visits to selected high schools in efforts to recruit more students of color to UWP.

There will be an open forum on Plan 2008 on Tuesday, March 25, from 6-8 p.m. in the Platteville Rooms of the Pioneer Student Center.

Funding for the program is provided in part by the UW-Platteville Foundation Opportunity Fund, which awarded nearly $45,000 for 15 grants this year.

The UWP Foundation initiated the fund program in 1998-99, and the total number of grants thus far is 86, with a total monetary value of $411,000.

"By receiving the fund, it allows our Multicultural Services Student Recruitment Team to stay intact," said Carlos Wiley, director of multicultural services. "I can pay them for their work, as it has improved the yield rate and has allowed the students to gain experiences they can use throughout their lives."

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