Provost Ralph Pearson has named Paul-James Cukanna as associate vice president for enrollment management at Duquesne University.
The Office of Enrollment Management will utilize a coordinated approach to recruiting and retaining students at Duquesne, which just welcomed its largest freshman class in four years. In his new role, Cukanna will oversee undergraduate and graduate admissions, enrollment research, the Office of Financial Aid and the Office of the Registrar. He will continue to serve as Duquesne’s executive director of the Office of Admissions.
“Aligning human, financial and information resources to optimize the University’s position in the educational marketplace will allow us to better recruit and retain academically talented students,” explained Cukanna. “Our effort will reflect a carefully planned program that relates realistically to Duquesne’s mission, culture, organizational structure, financial and informational resources, and educational practices.”
During the past five years, Duquesne’s full-time undergraduate enrollment has grown by four percent with total full-time enrollment reaching more than 10,000 for the first time in the 2006-2007 academic year. Total full-time enrollment figures for the current academic year are expected exceed last year’s figures.
Centralizing Duquesne’s graduate enrollment effort is a top priority. “We can provide enhanced service to graduate students by pooling our resources across campus through a comprehensive, coordinated strategy,” says Cukanna. “We will work as a team with the experts in each school to identify opportunities, as well as challenges, facing our programs and students.”
Graduate students make up 43.5 percent of Duquesne’s student body. Duquesne has more than 150 graduate programs. The most popular of these programs include law, pharmacy and the MBA.
“I am honored to be given the opportunity to work collaboratively with my undergraduate and graduate colleagues across the University to further advance our admissions and enrollment services efforts,” said Cukanna. “Duquesne will benefit through more collaboration, a common dialogue on issues that promote or impede undergraduate and graduate student enrollment, an improvement in enrollment services, the sharing of expertise, resources and an entrepreneurial spirit.”