The summer allows time for many of us on campus to reflect on the previous academic year, take a deep breath and recharge our batteries for the upcoming year. With freshman orientation in full swing and the July 4th holiday behind us, the new school year will be here before we know it.
Part of my reflection on the past year includes a deep appreciation of the quality of our 30+ academic degree programs and the effectiveness of our student recruitment efforts. Across the country, many arts, design and humanities programs are struggling to attract student interest; however, this past year the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities received unprecedented interest and applications for majors in the college. In fact, our year-over-year freshmen applications were up 30%, by far the most of any college at Clemson, including a 37% increase in freshmen applications in the humanities.
It seems to me as if CAAH, and Clemson in general, are in a sweet spot looking to the future. With continuing growth and strong economic prospects in South Carolina, we believe students and parents understand the high value of a Clemson education and our proven return-on-investment record. Because we are preparing students today for jobs and careers that have yet to be invented, the value in a college degree has never been higher. I remain enthusiastic about the college’s ability to address successfully the needs of the next generation of college graduates.
This week we announce five new academic leaders to the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. Please help me welcome them:
Welcome to all our new chairs, and to everyone, best wishes for the summer.
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