Murray State University interim president Bob Jackson estimates this year's fall enrollment total to be between 9,500 and 9,600. That total would be the university's lowest fall headcount in 18 years and the fourth consecutive year of decline. That enrollment trend was displayed above Murray State's Board of Regents at a retreat Thursday. Jackson is in his third week as interim president following Bob Davies' departure earlier in August and says "moving the needle" is a top priority.
"We've got to try to do things differently because what we've been doing hasn't been working as well as maybe they should have."The board and university officials discussed immediate efforts to boost the total to at least 10,000 by next Fall. One effort involves injecting $750,000 dollars into marketing - including hiring a consulting firm to help. That money comes from leftover funds from a software changeover 10 years ago. The board votes on this designation today (Friday). Other efforts include boosting presence in local schools, micro-scholarships, enhancing campus visits and hiring an online program manager. // Final fall 2018 enrollment numbers will be released in October.