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For the past several years, administrators at the Texas State Technical College West Texas have been fond of placing the blame for the college’s falling enrollment on the new funding model, the one that will not be in effect until September 2013. This comment, found on the first page of the TSTC West Texas Accountability Report for 2013 is the latest iteration of that tendency:

TSTC West Texas dropped in enrollment from 2011 to 2012 by 185 students. This change, as well as many others, can be directly tied to our new funding model and our interim operational changes as we shift toward a new way of doing business. With the new funding formula, we are focusing on recruiting prospects who are looking for career changes and ultimate placement into their respective fields. The new model causes a re-evaluation of where and how we recruite [sic] students and changes many aspects of how we operate. It will take some time to make these changes and get the message out to all our constituency.

It certainly sounds like they’re being picky about the students they accept, eh? “With the new funding formula, we are focusing on recruiting prospects who are looking for career changes and ultimate placement into their respective fields.”

Now compare what they’re saying above to what they’re saying in the below e-mails, which discuss enrollment for the last fall term, fall 2012. In these e-mails they talk about

pushing hard and waivers

breathing life into the Sweetwater campus

and

the lack of students for Culinary Arts.

Gosh, those e-mails sure seem to contradict that report comment.

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