ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 22, 2005) -- Ohio University President Roderick McDavis met with the local media on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Cutler Hall to update them on the university's latest news and initiatives.
McDavis announced that the preliminary headcount of the first-year class is a record 4,166, which is 371 more than last year's class. The president announced that more multicultural students in this year's class. The university has 111 more multicultural students in this year's class for a total of 336, an increase of nearly 50 percent over last year. The African-American class grew to 216 new students, 88 more than last year. The number of Hispanic and Native American students has also increased. Total enrollment on the Athens campus has increased to 19,804, approximately 100 more than last year. Total enrollment is 28,858, an increase of 315 students.
"The quality of this year's first-year class is comparable to last year," McDavis said. "The average ACT score this year is 23.2 compared to 23.5 last year."
President McDavis reaffirmed that the University is committed to promoting a sense of responsibility and pride among students toward the community. He said the recent behavior is unacceptable and the university is taking measures to deal with the problem. He announced that students arrested for criminal behavior in Athens will now be required to meet with Dean of Students Terry Hogan within 48 hours after the incident. He said he is also looking at increasing the staff in the Off-Campus Living Office. City officials and Ohio University officials are collaborating to establishing a standing committee on civic responsibility. McDavis stressed that the primary problems with student behavior stem from alcohol abuse and that is where the University is focusing its strategies to deal with the problem.
McDavis mentioned that the University is wrapping up its Hurricane Katrina relief efforts this week. He said a check will be presented to the American Red Cross during Saturday's football game vs. Kent State University. He added that the University accepted 10 transfer students that were affected by Hurricane Katrina. Seven are on the Athens campus, two at the Southern Campus in Ironton and one at the Zanesville campus.
The president also talked about the university's progress in becoming a top research university is still growing. He talked about the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation gift to the university that totaled more than $10 million earmarked for osteopathic medical education programs and a new research facility that is being planned. He said the research center will strengthen the research collaboration of the Russ College of Engineering and the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
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