At UW-IT, we are leaders of transformational change. This point was underscored for me last week when we received a vote of confidence from the Board of Regents to extend the timeline and funding of the HR/Payroll Modernization program to summer 2017 – the largest business transformation in the University’s history. I was also reminded of how much UW-IT is seen as a leader in so many areas in higher education (networking, service management, data analytics, computing infrastructure and identity management, to name a few) when I attended the 20th Anniversary Celebration for Internet2 this week. I am proud of our accomplishments, and that we as leaders share our knowledge with the higher education community.
Now as I write this blog, the latest admission update appears in my inbox, highlighting yet another of our many important and successful collaborations – streamlining and strengthening the UW admissions process. I’m including the entire Admissions update (Autumn 2016 Freshman Class Update as of May 13, 2016-Preliminary) below for those who want to see it. Here is an excerpt of the call-out to UW-IT’s support from Phil Ballinger, Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment & Undergraduate Admissions:
“With an increase of more than 6,000 applications and the same staff size, we would not have been able to holistically review all of those applications on time without the new system. It was a critical piece of infrastructure that arrived just in time and was incredibly well-designed and implemented by an impressive team of UW-IT and Admissions staff.”
At UW-IT, we make things better. We make the difficult easier and the impossible possible. Almost every transformation effort across the University involves a major IT component.
It is in this spirit of recognizing IT’s central role in transformation at the UW that President Cauce asked for UW-IT to join in her efforts to build “One Administration” under a new Executive Vice President for Finance & Administration (EVP). A national recruitment for the new EVP is underway and will extend into the summer. The EVP will lead a new organization, bringing together all of the University’s major administrative units – Capital Projects, Finance & Facilities, Human Resources, Planning & Management and UW-IT – working together in support of the greater good of the University. All of us in the administration will benefit from working more collaboratively, bringing our best to the new organization.
UW-IT is all about transformational change. As the University takes on this next important transformation of its administrative services, we will continue to be leaders, collaborating with our business and academic partners, and our new EVP, to provide the best IT services to support our world-class University.
Autumn 2016 Freshman Class Update as of May 13, 2016-Preliminary
The autumn 2016 freshman class is shaping up well. We began with a record number of applications:
- WA Residents 11,732 (+4% over 2015)
- S. Non-residents 21,001 (+26% over 2015)
- International 10,749 (+20% over 2015)
- TOTAL 43,482 (+18% over 2015)
Our freshman class target for autumn 2016 was 6,500 students including at least 4,300 Washington residents and about 2,200 non-residents (International & U.S.).
Here are freshman class confirmation projections as of May 13, 2016:
- WA Residents 4,350-4,400 (~66% of class) – compared to 4,283 in 2015, and a peak of 4,368 in 2006
- S. Non-residents ~1,250 (~19% of class) – compared to 1,393 in 2015, a peak year
- International ~950 (~15% of class) – compared to 1,116 in 2015, a peak year
- TOTAL 6,500-6,600 – compared to 6,792 in 2015
Autumn 2016 freshman admit rates as of May 13, 2016:
- WA Residents 62% (-2% from 2015)
- S. Non-residents 43% (-10% from 2015)
- International 30% (-9% from 2015)
- TOTAL 46%* (-7% from 2015)
*If this holds over the summer, it will be the first time the overall admit rate falls below 50%. [Please note the sharply higher admit rate for resident applicants.]
The autumn 2016 freshman class is more diverse than previous years in number and percent of class. The class currently includes 946 confirmed underrepresented students (+10% over 2015), representing 14% (compared to 13% in 2015) of the total freshman class.
The academic profile of the 2016 freshman class is flat, with the following averages as of today: GPA 3.79, ACT 28, SAT CR+M 1252. With a strong applicant pool and lower admit rates, one would normally expect the academic profile to rise. The academic profile of our U.S. and International non-residents did rise. However, we decreased that portion of the class compared to last year. Also of note, this year there was a modest increase in the proportion of Washington residents who rose in the holistic application review process largely because of the strength of their personal qualities and achievements.
The combination of efficiencies in process, unbelievably hard work on the part of application review staff, and the implementation of the first iteration of a new online review system all allowed us to review freshman class applications and send decisions on time. Until this year, all undergraduate applications were reviewed via paper. This year, over 32,000 domestic freshman class applications, representing 75% of all freshman class applications—were reviewed via the new system. Efficiencies and hard work are not new to Admissions, but with an increase of more than 6,000 applications and the same staff size, we would not have been able to holistically review all of those applications on time without the new system. It was a critical piece of infrastructure that arrived just in time and was incredibly well-designed and implemented by an impressive team of UW-IT and Admissions staff.
Admissions, along with OMAD, UMAC, and other campus partners, also did an outstanding job this year in recruiting, admitting, and enrolling a strong and diverse pool of students. Good examples of this team approach were the on-campus Admitted Student Preview events. These yield events were possible only with support from UMAC, Student Life, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management, and various academic departments. It took the entire university community to bring in the class, and we are grateful for another year of campus support.