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Iowa Wesleyan University Excels in Enrollment

Iowa Wesleyan University Excels in Enrollment during a

Challenging Year for Higher Education

 


 

Mount Pleasant, IA – September 7, 2020 — Iowa Wesleyan University (IW) surpassed new student admission goals with a fifth consecutive year of increased overall enrollment and a continued improved student retention rate.

IW’s enrollment has risen by a dramatic 13% this academic year alone, with 729 undergraduate and graduate students making this the school’s largest enrollment since 2011. By comparison, the average yearly increase in student enrollment over the previous five years was 5.5%. In addition, the Graduate and Professional Programs have experienced a 25% enrollment increase from last year. This year, the university also boasts a 63% retention rate for first-year undergraduate students who have returned this fall; this is a significant achievement following many years with retention rates below 50%.

Iowa Wesleyan University also claimed an unprecedented 54% increase over last year in new undergraduate domestic students. These 244 students represent 33 states across the United States, including Puerto Rico.  While the new international student enrollment dropped slightly due to pandemic-related restrictions, more than 65 international students returned from last year.  Overall, this is the university’s largest class of new students since 2009.

IW has been focused on strategically increasing its retention and persistence, most recently with the addition of a Student Success Center through the Office of Academic Success and Inclusive Support. These efforts have paid off.  Over the last five years, the university’s overall persistence has risen by 17%, and the retention of first-year students has improved by 31%.

“Over the past year, the IW community has paid increasing attention to the unique niche of students we serve,” said President Christine Plunkett.  “For most of our students, including many who are the first in their family to attend college, IW becomes a comfortable second home.  I am incredibly proud of the campus-wide effort put forth by our admissions, athletic, and student success staff and our faculty and other staff members to support each student from the moment they enroll at the university.  These remarkable increases in enrollment, retention, and persistence are a testament to those efforts.”

These impressive statistics for Iowa Wesleyan University come during a challenging year for higher education institutions across the country. With the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, many colleges and universities are seeing a decrease in enrollment. One of IW’s strengths has always been its small class sizes and rural campus, explicitly adding to its success during a global pandemic.  The addition of the Tiger Athletics Men’s and Women’s Wrestling Teams and a growing Football roster directly boosted the increased undergraduate enrollment.

 

Iowa Wesleyan University – As Southeast Iowa’s regional comprehensive university, Iowa Wesleyan University is a transformational learning community whose passion is to educate, empower and inspire students to lead meaningful lives and careers.

Crafts in the Park, Canceled for 2020

Crafts in the Park

2020 Show Canceled


We want to remind everyone that we are not holding Crafts in the Park this year due to the health and safety of our residents and guests. Unfortunately, someone has a facebook event named Crafts in the Park scheduled for this weekend in Central Park. That is not us and we have confirmed with the Parks and Recreation Department that no one has booked the park for this weekend. See you in 2021!

 

City Wide Garage Sale

Mount Pleasant City Wide Garage Sale

August 27-29, 2020


Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance is hosting a City Wide Garage Sales and Shop Local Days!

We currently have over 60 garage sales and our local businesses are getting ready as well! Fliers will be available at the Chamber office after Monday. Stop by and get your brochure and register for a chance to win one of exciting door prizes. Don’t forget to wear your mask when you come in- we have a  prize for the most creative face mask!

The deadline to register your garage sale is Today (Friday, August 21st) by 5 PM. Please email allison@mpiowa.org or call the office at 319-385-3101 to get your garage sale registered!

 

Old Threshers Reunion Cancelled for 2020

Reunion Cancelled for 2020

This week, the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Board of Directors made the very difficult situation to cancel the 2020 reunion. While disappointing, we support this decision and will work with them to make 2021 the best reunion ever. In accordance with this decision, the Chamber will also cancel the 2020 Crafts in the Park. Please stay tuned for exciting ways that we can all celebrate our community in a safe and healthy setting later this year.

Mount Pleasant Improvement and Beautification Ideas

The Mount Pleasant Community Visioning Steering Committee has identified six areas for potential improvements and beautification efforts. Please take a moment to review the attached document of our preliminary ideas. These are not actual drawings as that will come once we gather your feedback. For now, please complete this important survey about which projects are most important to our community.  To take the survey, click here!

We will be gathering input from now through June 28 so feel free to share this PDF and survey with anyone that you think might be interested.

Click here to view the flyer with the project ideas!

Primary Candidate Information

The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, nonprofit corporation with the mission of enhancing the quality of life for the people of Henry County through economic growth. We rely on and encourage volunteer participation from area businesses, organizations and individuals that support the free market system. We serve as a focal point and advocate for the business interests of the Mount Pleasant area at local, regional, state, and national levels.

We are disappointed that the COVID-19 situation will keep us from hosting a candidates’ forum to learn more about the candidates running for State Senate and the Henry County Board of Supervisors. In place of the forum, we asked the candidates to answer a series of questions. We hope that this information will help you in deciding who to vote for in the June 2 election.

Henry County Supervisors

State Senate

Help us Help our Small Businesses!

Show your Community Pride and Help our Small Businesses

During these unprecedented times, the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance wants to show the world that we are a community that is tough enough to withstand this challenge. But more importantly, we are a community that has the heart and compassion to care for each other. That is why we are hosting a fundraiser to help our small businesses that have been shut down due to COVID-19.

Using our tagline “Built with Heart”, we are selling Mount Pleasant items on our website. For every item you purchase, you will designate a local business to receive the proceeds from the sales. The businesses are all chamber members and are on the list of the Governor’s mandatory closures.

Thanks to the help of Anywear Apparel, Custom Impressions, Safeguard and Staats, the chamber is able to purchase these items for just $5.00. The remaining portion of the purchase will go to the small business of your choice. Sales will take place between now and May 8. You will be notified by email when your items are ready to be picked up.

We want to say a special thank you to Van Dijk Consultants, who is also a local small business, for helping us to design this site. Go shopping at www.mpiowa.org/store

Press Release on Covid-19

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration

On Thursday, March 26, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration, suspending elective and nonessential medical and dental procedures, extending and expanding retail business closures, ordering health care facilities and nursing homes to engage in advanced health care screenings, and removing additional legal barriers to ensure a continued strong response to this disaster. The state of public health disaster emergency shall expire on April 16, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., unless sooner terminated or extended by the governor. For more information, please click here for the full proclamation.

 

Governor Announces Much Needed Small Business Relief

This week, Governor Reynolds announced the launch of a new Iowa Small Business Relief Program that will provide financial assistance to small businesses that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers eligible small businesses grants ranging from $5,000-$25,000 in addition to offering Iowa businesses a deferral of sales and use or withholding taxes due and waiver of penalty and interest.

In addition, a fund has been created to support Targeted Small Businesses (TSB) with zero employees that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers eligible small businesses grants ranging from $5,000-$10,000 to businesses that are sole proprietors or single-member LLCs that are also TSB certified, or have an application submitted to the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) by April 10, 2020 to become TSB certified.

For both of these programs, plus information from the Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Loan, log on to www.ioweconomicdevelopment.com.

 

Additional Resources:

US Dept of Labor News Release 

What is an Essential Business?

Supply Chain Disruption Planning

Congratulations to the 2020 Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet Recipients

Congratulations to the following for their recognition at the Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet on Thursday evening!

Citizen of the Year – Mary Elgar

Volunteer of the Year – Mark Hempen, Henry County Health Center

Ambassador of the Year – Jennifer Wharton, Wayland State Bank

Main Street Leadership Award – Lisa Oetken, Director

Expansion Awards – Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Cornerstone Building Brands, Robin Run, Walmart Super Center

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