Evan Hierholzer, Managing Editor
The freshman class, which was projected last spring to be the largest in University of Dallas history, remains on track to exceed all previous freshman classes in size. According to John Plotts, vice president of enrollment and student affairs, the incoming class comprises 385 freshmen, as well as 55 transfer students. With the university aiming for 380 freshmen and 50 transfers, the current class exceeds both of these benchmarks, making it “the biggest class in school history.”
The class’ size, however, has not diminished its quality or academic record. With an average SAT score of 1223 and 13 National Merit Finalists, the class of 2017 compares favorably with other incoming University of Dallas classes. Plotts indicated that the recently named West Hall is nearly full; the other residential halls are 80 to 90 percent full, and the student apartments are virtually sold out, as expected.
The freshmen, however, do not represent the only additions to the school population. There have been numerous administrative changes and promotions as well as completely new faculty additions. Joining the faculty are Dr. Cheryl Prachyl, an assistant professor of accounting; Dr. Thomas Wacker, an assistant professor of education; and a host of new affiliate faculty in the art, physics, chemistry, philosophy, theology and mathematics departments.
Additionally, Dr. Stephen Slaughter, assistant professor of biology, has taken the role of chairman of the biology department, while Dr. David Sweet has assumed the chair of the classics department.
The College of Business (COB) is also experiencing development in terms of its faculty and programs. Recently accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the COB is now “launching the first ever AACSB-accredited DBA program,” said Plotts. This is just one among many significant steps forward for the College of Business.
The numerous faculty, administrative and programmatic changes on campus and the incoming freshman class of 2017 will provide both a quantitative and qualitative boost to the University of Dallas this year. We, as a university, look forward to what they will offer to the school, both in its academic environment and its creative cultural climate.