Enrolment Goals and Objectives

Enrolment goals and objectives

Guided by our principles, our desired enrolment composition, and a firm understanding of our current state of enrolment, five goals have been established that categorize where change is needed most.

Specific and measurable objectives relating to student recruitment, retention, progression and educational outcomes are then identified within each goal.

1. Strengthen domestic student enrolment

In order to achieve the goal of strengthening domestic student enrolment, we will pursue the following objectives:

  • Increase the direct-from-high school postsecondary participation rate in the Kamloops region while maintaining the rate at which regional high school graduates who directly transition to postsecondary enrol at TRU; achieve participation rate on par with provincial average; maintain 85% market share.
  • Proportionately increase new student enrolment from other regions in BC and Canada to maintain desired domestic composition while meeting 100% of BC government enrolment targets.
  • Improve the rate at which domestic students continue to enroll at TRU after their first year (i.e. retention); reach a retention rate of 60% or greater in open programs.
  • Increase the overall domestic student successful course completion rate in 1000- level courses to 80% or greater.

2. Improve educational outcomes for Indigenous students

In order to achieve the goal of improving educational outcomes for Indigenous students, we will pursue the following objectives:

  • Increase the proportion of incoming students who self-identify as Indigenous; 15% or greater on Kamloops campus; 25% or greater on Williams Lake campus.
  • Improve the rate at which Indigenous students continue to enroll at TRU after their first year (i.e. retention); reach a retention rate of 60% or greater in open programs, on par with non-Indigenous students.
  • Increase the Indigenous student successful course completion rate in 1000-level courses to 80% or greater, on par with non-Indigenous students.
  • Increase the proportion of Indigenous students who are awarded TRU credentials at all academic levels; increase six-year credential completion rate to 60% or greater, on par with non-Indigenous students.

3. Ensure sustainable international student enrolment growth

In order to achieve the goal of supporting sustainable international student enrolment growth, we will pursue the following objectives:

  • Increase new international student enrolment to sustain overall fall and winter campus-based international enrolment at 4,000 students per semester, accounting for a three- to five-year impact on international student mobility due to COVID-19.
  • Once desired international enrolment levels are reached, diversify international student enrolment to reach and sustain no more than 35% by country of origin and no more than 40% of any faculty’s total enrolment annually.
  • Increase the rate at which international students continue to enroll at TRU after their first year (i.e. retention); reach and maintain a retention rate of 60% in open programs.
  • Increase the international student successful course completion rate in 1000- level courses to 80% or greater.

4. Increase the number of students served by the Williams Lake campus and community-based programming

In order to achieve the goal of increasing the number of students served by the Williams Lake campus and regional centres, we will pursue the following objectives:

  • Increase direct-from-high school postsecondary participation rates in the Williams Lake and surrounding regions; achieve participation rates on par with provincial average.
  • Increase the rate at which regional high school graduates who directly transition to postsecondary enrol at TRU; reach and maintain rate of 75%.
  • Improve the rate at which students continue to enrol at TRU after their first year, or first registration, at the Williams Lake campus or in community-based programming; reach and maintain a re-enrolment rate of 35% or greater.

5. Improve educational outcomes for students studying through Open Learning

In order to achieve the goal of supporting continued enrolment growth through Open Learning, we will pursue the following objectives:

  • Increase successful course completion rates in 1000-level courses to 80% or greater for domestic, international, and Indigenous learners accessing courses through Open Learning.
  • Reduce the length of time taken to complete courses and programs through Open Learning.
    • Reach and maintain a course extension rate of 20% or less.
    • Reach and maintain a 10-year credential completion rate of 30% or greater.
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