July 18, 2007

Case Western Reserve University names new vice president for enrollment

Barbara R. Snyder
Barbara R. Snyder

President Barbara R. Snyder has announced her first appointment to the leadership team. Randall C. Deike, associate vice president for enrollment management and executive director for undergraduate admissions at Pennsylvania State University, has been named vice president for enrollment at Case Western Reserve University.

Deike's appointment is effective September 1. He has worked in various capacities within Penn State’s undergraduate admissions office since 1995, when he joined the staff as an information analyst. As associate vice president for enrollment management and executive director for undergraduate admissions at Penn State, Deike supervised an admissions office that receives more than 60,000 undergraduate applications each year and makes enrollment offers for 20 different campuses. For new students at the University Park Campus, the median SAT score is 1,220. He also has served as chair of a central enrollment management group composed of senior leadership that is charged with determining the enrollment goals for the entire Penn State system, which comprises more than 20 campuses.

Randall C. Deike
Randall C. Deike

Deike also spent several years as an assistant and associate dean of students at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa., his undergraduate alma mater.

"I believe Randy Deike will make an outstanding contribution to Case Western Reserve University," Snyder said. "He understands the demographic, economic and global trends that position the enrollment operations of a research university to significantly affect our society in future decades. His exceptional qualifications in this regard will help ensure that Case Western Reserve stays on the leading edge of highly selective academic institutions in all aspects of enrollment, admissions and financial aid."

Deike will manage an undergraduate admissions office that has seen a steady increase in applications in the past few years. Nearly 7,480 undergraduate students applied to Case in 2006—a 4 percent increase in applications over 2005 and a 62 percent increase since fall 2003. In addition to the record number of applications, the undergraduate class enrolled in 2006 featured greater national and international diversity.

In fall 2006, 56 percent, compared to 49 percent last year, of the incoming first-year students were from states other than Ohio -- the highest percentage in recent history. A sizable number of states, including Texas, California, Florida and Massachusetts, among others, had 10 or more students enrolled at the university. Average SAT score in 2006 was 1,317.

"I’m very excited about joining the Case Western Reserve University administration team and community under President Barbara Snyder and Interim Provost Jerry Goldberg," said Deike. "Case has great advantages as a comprehensive research university located in the heart of University Circle with the many cultural institutions providing an exceptional opportunity.

"I was attracted to Case because of the people and its programs like SAGES and initiatives like SOURCE that focus on undergraduate research opportunities," he said. "Case has all the right ingredients. The demographic challenges we face as a nation, and the emerging importance of international students and faculty members will continue to evolve through cities such as Cleveland and institutions such as Case Western Reserve."

The number of international undergraduates at Case in 2006 was the largest it’s been in the past five years. The number of entering international undergraduates represents a 32 percent increase over 2005. The undergraduate admissions office also has worked diligently to tell prospective students and their families about the university's significant investments in undergraduate education, such as new residence halls, the seminar-based SAGES curriculum, new athletic facilities and the office to promote undergraduate research.

In addition, the office has embarked on several innovative recruiting tools in the last few years. For example, the office has begun to attract prospective students using the 3D digital world known as Second Life. While other colleges and universities are using Second Life for academic purposes, Case may be the first university in the country to use it to recruit high school students as well. The undergraduate admissions office built a virtual version of the campus in Second Life, complete with several campus buildings, athletic facilities and food service areas. The idea is to give comprehensive campus tours for those prospective students who could not get to a regular campus tour.

Other statistics about last fall's first-year class:
  • 66 percent of students—from high schools that rank—were from the top 10 percent of their high school class
  • 43 percent were female, an increase from 39 percent in 2005
  • 41 states were represented, in addition to Washington, D.C., and Guam
  • 68 first-year students were African American, a 30 percent increase from 2005
  • Total financial gift aid awarded to the class was $17.95 million

For more information, contact the office of University Marketing and Communications or call 216-368-4440.

Posted by: Marsha Bragg, July 18, 2007 09:28 AM | News Topics: Administration, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives

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