New head of enrollment services wants smarter students

Brandon Thigpen

UNF has a new head of enrollment services. His name is Albert N. Colom, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services, and his first goal is to increase the academic profiles of incoming freshman.

“It’s about students,” he said, “and student success.” Colom wants to continue to bring high-achieving students to UNF.

Albert Colom is UNF's new Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services. Photo courtesy Oklahoma State University
Albert Colom is UNF’s new Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services.
Photo courtesy Oklahoma State University

Colom is coming from Bowling Green State University, where he was the Vice President for Enrollment Management. First Time in College (FTIC) freshmen at UNF have higher ACT and GPA averages than the FTIC freshmen at Bowling Green State University.

Colom has over 30 years of experience in higher education. He has worked in admissions offices at the University of South Florida, Florida Atlantic University, Oklahoma State University, and Bowling Green State University. Colom, born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, also studied higher education at USF where he was a doctoral candidate.

Among the many things on his agenda, Colom wants to improve the admissions process by providing even better services through One Stop Student Services.

Colom said he also wants to increase the opportunities for non-traditional transfer students because they represent a big population at UNF with the projected decline of full-time enrollment for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Accomplishing his goals, Colom said, will lead to UNF producing higher quality graduates entering their careers.

According to the Performance Based Funding Metrics of the 2012-13 Annual Accountability Report published by the State University System of Florida Board of Governors, UNF has the third highest median first-year earnings of graduates with a bachelor’s degree of all the public universities in Florida. Colom’s goals of continuing the admission of high-achieving students into UNF might improve UNF’s status even more.

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