Strategic Enrollment Management

Inver Hills implemented a strategic enrollment management plan in 2017 which was in place until Spring 2020 and included work around increasing credit intensity through an initiative called Accelerate to Graduate. The plan also called for the design and implementation of mandatory first year experience course.

With the 17-20 plan complete, in Spring 2022, Inver Hills joined participation in a Minnesota State System grant from the Lumina Foundation in partnership with AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers). In January 2022, a SEM team was formed comprised of membership from existing Enrollment Management and Student Success Committees to focus on both recruitment and retention of our students.

SEM Plan Development Team

Kari Rusch-Curl (co-chair) Vice President of Student Affairs
Elaina Bleifield (co-chair) Vice President of Academic Affairs
Yohannes Agegnehu Dean of STEM and Social Sciences
Amanda Barklind Director of Advising
Toni Brown Student Communication Tool Specialist, Institutional Effectiveness
Annette Carpenter Academic Advisor
Jeremy Clark Equity and Inclusion Coordinator
Barb Curchack Dean of Liberal Arts
Lise Freking Director of Marketing
Mary Jo Gardner Director of K-12 Partnerships
Heather Hohenstein Starfish Data Analyst
Todd Jagerson College Information Officer
Fran Kennedy Guided Learning Pathways Project Director
Scott Klaehn Registrar
Ellen Lansky Faculty
Wendy Marson Director of Institutional Effectiveness
Rachel Roberson Vice President of Equity and Inclusion
Scott Roelke Director of Financial Aid
Scott Sandok Faculty
Kim Schaff Executive Director of the Foundation
Jared Scharpen Director of Career Services
LeAnne Schmidt Counselor
Derrick Lindstrom (co-chair, Spring 2022) Vice President of Academic Affairs

Strategic Plan Foundational Tenets

Tenet #1: Close the Colleges’ Educational Equity Gaps
Tenet #2: Improve Student Success (Access + Effective Teaching + Persistence and Completion)

SEM Goals

Goal #1: Decrease gaps in admission yield among underrepresented students to increase access to higher education.
Goal #2: Increase enrollment at Inver Hills to 2586 FYE by 2027 (5% increase over FY22) with a special focus on adult student recruitment and retention.
Goal #3: Improve student persistence and retention rates
Goal #4: Reduce financial barriers to improve access and success
Goal #5: Develop a data-informed campus-wide culture of enrollment and retention