The Jacksonville State University Board of Trustees met in the Houston Cole Library Monday to discuss the budget for the start of the new school year.
Chairman Jim Bennett started off the meeting with high praises about the Fall Preview Day, where 700 new students came down to see the campus.
Bennett also greeted JSU President Beehler to his first board meeting of the academic year.
SGA President Tyler Brown also reported high recruitment for this years Freshman Forum. A total of 86 members were selected for the 2015-2016 year.
The heart of the meeting was spent discussing and debating how to get the rate of incoming freshman to increase.
Members were informed that while students are coming in to JSU, not all are staying. Figures show that 145 freshmen expressed interest in JSU but changed their minds and did not return.
“These are certainly critical times that require critical solutions. That underscores the fact that we have to do a better job of student recruitment. That falls not only on the board and the president, but also the staff, faculty and friends of the university. Recruitment needs to be our number one focus,” Bennet said.
Beehler expressed an idea of involving alumni. The Blount County Alumni Chapter hosted a student send-off in early August. Beehler said he wants to get our alumni more involved with the students, both current and incoming.
“The alumni want to help. The chapter is making students excited in Blount county to get students interested in JSU. The best schools have their alumni interacting with incoming freshman; also in mentoring students to help keep them here. That would go a long way in helping students get through school,” Beehler said.