New President at Wesley College Makes Immediate Impact

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Dover, DE Methodist College sees 63% increase in applications for admission, shatters record for undergraduate enrollment.

Wesley College is proud to announce record-breaking results following the first year of Dr. William Johnston's presidency at Wesley College.

Dr. William Johnston became President at Wesley College in Dover, DE last year after a successful tenure as President at Iowa Wesleyan College, where he left after posting the largest number of freshmen enrollments in at least twenty years. Dr. Johnston had secured the services of John W. Dysart, President of The Dysart Group, Inc. to achieve the growth at Iowa Wesleyan College. They collaborated to again this cycle at Wesley College to grow the enrollment with an emphasis on improved academic quality.

Dr. Johnston began his tenure during a time of exceptional economic difficulties. The recession, credit crunch, drop in the stock market, corporate bankruptcies and closings, layoffs, increased unemployment and general economic uncertainty made the new President's plans for growth and improved quality particularly challenging.

John W. Dysart worked with institutional representatives to evaluate every aspect of the admission and financial aid plan and adjustments were made where warranted. Admission counselors were trained to respond to the specific needs of higher ability students and to find solutions for cost concerns expressed by families impacted by the recession. Changes to the financial aid policy were designed to attract talented prospective students and to meet the financial needs of all eligible admission applicants.

Well, while most private colleges and universities struggled this year, Wesley College excelled!

-Admission applications increased 63% over the previous year.
-New student enrollments shattered every historical record while more students will reside on campus this year than ever before.
-The College realized the most significant improvement in academic quality in decades while maintaining a diverse student population. Application growth enabled greater selectivity as the College tripled the number of applicants denied admission.
-Total undergraduate enrollment is at the highest in College history.
-Dr. William Johnston completes his first recruitment cycle as President of this Methodist College by breaking records and positioning the College for even greater success in the future.

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