MSU President's Column for Traill County Tribune

February 11, 2017

Recruitment Statement and Philosophy adopted


We at Mayville State embarked on a major challenge in the fall of 2015, to develop a new strategic plan. This planning process has led us to examine literally all of the variables that affect our campus, our dreams, and our resource realities. Other considerations in the process are our alignment to the North Dakota University System plans and the guidelines of our accrediting bodies.

Among the topics discussed in recent months are the student recruitment practices of Mayville State. This discussion is not only related to the strategic planning process, but also to the ever-changing environment of higher education in North Dakota.

In an attempt to provide our campus with accurate information regarding student recruitment practices and provide additional clarity on areas from which we hope to draw students, Mayville State’s Recruitment Statement and Philosophy has been established. The document was endorsed by the President’s Cabinet on January 23, 2017. It is our intent that the Recruitment Statement and Philosophy will serve as a guidepost as we move forward in developing our campus recruitment practices and strategies.

Mayville State University’s philosophy of recruiting students is to bring to the institution, its academic and extracurricular programs, and greater campus community academically prepared students seeking to enhance their education through undergraduate- and graduate-level learning opportunities. Mayville State actively recruits students who meet the admission standards established by the policies and procedures of the North Dakota University System, our institutional criteria, and other regulatory entities.

In accordance with our Equal Education Opportunity policies, Mayville State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or any other group or class against which discrimination is prohibited.

Mayville State’s recruitment efforts are designed to be inclusive of academically prepared learners from a variety of backgrounds seeking opportunities to achieve their academic and career goals. As our learners are diverse in their academic and career goals, so too are our recruitment efforts. These include, but are not limited to, focusing on the following areas for prospective Mayville State students: 

  • Recruiting students locally from North Dakota high schools;
  • Recruiting students regionally, with specific attention to greater Minnesota;
  • Recruiting student-athletes locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, who meet NAIA criteria for eligibility and admission;
  • Recruiting transfer students from local and regional technical and community colleges;
  • Recruiting distance and online students interested in pursuing learning opportunities with Extended Learning;
  • Recruiting persons with non-teaching bachelor’s degrees who wish to pursue careers in secondary education in North Dakota through our Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program;
  • Recruiting non-traditional/older-than-average students from various backgrounds for continuing education opportunities, career development, and degree completion;
  • Recruiting students who are pursuing programs identified as high-demand within North Dakota, such as teacher education, business, nursing, and careers in health, exercise science, and wellness;
  • Recruiting students internationally through exchange opportunities and leveraging our global network to bring students from across the world to Mayville State;
  • Recruiting secondary students interested in early entry (dual credit) learning opportunities.

We tip our hats to Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Andrew Pflipsen and Director of Admissions Jim Morowski for leading the charge in creating this important document. We know it will serve us well as we work toward the ultimate goal of charting a future for Mayville State University that is challenging, exciting, and beneficial to the campus, community, state, and region.