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YHC: from discriminatory to diverse

January 17, 2011 Comments off

By Ali Neese, Staff Writer

This 1966 copy of the Enotah Echoes discusses campus and national events. Photo by Kathleen Layton

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, our nation has the chance to reflect on its history in regards to the Civil Rights Movement, as well as the changes that have occurred since then. The same holds true for Young Harris College’s students and faculty members. The Civil Rights Movement was a turbulent time in America and many people had strong opinions on the subject, and YHC students were not an exception.

As a southern state, Georgia had a difficult time dealing with Civil Rights, along with the issue of integration. Several copies of the Enotah Echoes newspaper that were printed during those years reflected this ongoing conflict.

While it is safe to say that Young Harris College has come a long way in terms of diversity and acceptance since the time of Martin Luther King, there was a time in the college’s history when people were not so accepting.

An article of the Enotah Echoes printed on January 16, 1961, entitled “Crisis in the South” by YHC student John Ard talks about his concern on the topic of integration. He mentions the popularity of passive resistance by African Americans in their effort to protest “unjust civil laws” and that Martin Luther King was in favor of this type of resistance. His beliefs were typical of many Southerners in that he was concerned about the changes that were taking place and he even goes so far as to say that integration is one of the “greatest threats that the South has been confronted with since the Civil War.”

In the next issue of the Enotah Echoes the same student wrote an article called “Integration at Georgia” in which he details the chaos that ensued when two African Americans joined the University of Georgia’s student body. He stated that while he did not condone the persecution of the African American race, he was a strong believer in “equal but separate facilities.”

He stated that “their schools, the churches and other organizations should be equal to the whites, but not the same as the whites.”

This narrow view might lead one to believe that there was absolutely no diversity on YHC’s campus during those days, but this simply is not true. In fact, in the ’50s and ’60s Young Harris College had foreign exchange students from different parts of Asia, the Middle East and Cuba. The YHC family welcomed them and celebrated their presence at the college, but unfortunately the drama unfolding in the South blinded many to their opportunity to truly increase the campus’ diversity.

What is probably the most shocking about YHC and the Civil Rights Movement is that literally a week after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, that issue of the Enotah Echoes made absolutely no mention of his death or anything concerning the events leading up to it. Instead, they covered the upcoming classes for summer school, the recent play and who made the Dean’s List.

While YHC, along with the rest of the South, had trouble accepting integration initially, it is evident that this is no longer the case. According to Clint Hobbs, Vice President for Enrollment Management, in 2008 the ethnic percentage at the college was 4.5% and consisted mainly of Hispanic and African American students. Fast forward to this year and the ethnic percentage is at an “all time high” with 15.4% of the students being Hispanic and African American.

Hobbs stated that it was a major goal of the college to increase diversity on the campus and it is something that YHC will continue to better itself on. He says that the college embraces all students and does not discriminate against anyone, regardless of its past.

Enrollment rakes in numbers

November 30, 2010 Comments off

By Stephanie Sexton, Staff Writer

Everyone is aware of the growth and expansion Young Harris College is experiencing since becoming a four-year college. An important part of the expansion is the growth in enrollment numbers. In fall of 2009, enrollment was at 695 students. This past fall of 2010, YHC had a record enrollment of 820 students.

Increased numbers like these do not happen without the enrollment office persistently working to promote incoming student interest in YHC. With last year’s bigger-than-expected numbers, the office is now looking to a record 2011.

The enrollment goal for next fall is 900 students. As of right now, YHC is on pace to reach this goal, but it is still too early to tell exactly what is going to happen in terms of enrollment.

“We are on pace as of Nov. 1 on the number of applications we need to have, and the number of students that we have admitted to the college to achieve our enrollment goals for next fall, which would be about 375 freshmen,” said Clint Hobbs, vice president for enrollment management.

Not only are the enrollment rates looking good so far, but also the retention rates are favorable. So far, YHC has exceeded its retention goals from the 2009-2010 school years, and there is no reason that the school should not continue to retain students at a high rate.

YHC maintains its retention rates because of the four-year programs associated with YHC. The four-year programs includes not only majors, but also other things such as new sports to campus.

The school, since becoming four-year has granted nine new majors, with several more on the way, built new buildings and residence halls and added on basketball to the sports agenda.

“It gives us more exposure. We had become the best black and white television in a color TV market,” Hobbs said.

This helps recruit students to YHC, and recruitment is a very important word to someone like Hobbs.

One form of recruitment that has received recent renovation is the school’s website.

“If you don’t have a website that is at least commensurate with the other college’s that you are in competition with for the same students, than you’re going to be behind,” Hobbs said.

Today’s generation is internet savvy, allowing more high school students to see YHC and become interested in visiting campus. Campus visits are a vital piece to YHC’s recruitment efforts.

“It is only via the college visit that a student can equip themselves with enough information about a college to make an informed decision or choice about that college,” Hobbs said.

So, with all pieces combined, the four-year program, degrees, sports, the new website and campus visits, YHC has every hope that they will reach their goals for enrollment and retention for next fall.

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Hobbs reappointed to NPEC

November 23, 2010 1 comment

By Stephanie Sexton, Staff Writer

Vice-President for Enrollment Management Clint Hobbs was reappointed to the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission. Photo by Ashton Jones

Along with ensuring that Young Harris College has a record student enrollment every fall, Clint Hobbs, vice president for enrollment management at YHC, is also a reappointed member of the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, or NPEC, as well as a former president of the Georgia Association of Collegian Registrars and Admissions Officers, or GACRO. Hobbs has served YHC for 21 years, where each student has been influenced by his office whether it has been directly or indirectly.

“Enrollment management is a function that oversees all of the aspects of enrollment at a college. Anything that will impact enrollment, that affects enrollment, is mostly under my purview,” Hobbs said.

That means that the recruitment of students, admission of students, processing a student through the front door, tracking retention of the student and providing financial aid to students has to do with Clint Hobbs. Hobbs is the reason all of the students are motivated to attend here, stay here or have financial aid at the YHC.

However, in addition to his extensive work with enrollment numbers, Hobbs is busy holding positions in NPEC and GACRO.

Hobbs got his start when former Georgia State Governor Zell Miller, who held office as governor from 1991-1999,  first appointed Hobbs into NEPC in 1997, where he served his first three-year term. He was then reappointed twice to the position by Governor Perdue and is now serving his third three-year term; although, Hobbs has switched from being a part of the 9th district to the 10th district, which makes him eligible to serve a third term in NPEC.

“NPEC was set up as a consumer protection agency for students that go to college with Governor Miller back when he was the governor in the mid-90s,” Hobbs said.

This means that any college or university that is not accredited must go through NPEC to receive their license to have their establishment in Georgia. NPEC also ensures that for-profit schools do not take advantage of its students. The process is long and strenuous, but it is NPEC’s duty to make sure the establishment is legitimate and does not steal money from unsuspecting students.

GACRO, which is where Hobbs recently concluded his one-year term as president this past October, is an association comprised of all the public and private colleges of Georgia.

“It is a professional development organization that seeks to provide professional development opportunities through workshops at our annual meeting for enrollment professionals in the state,” Hobbs said.

Basically, the association sets up the annual conference where all admissions officers from each college or university are invited to go and learn more about how to help their establishment run more efficiently.

Through his work with both of these organizations and with his position at YHC, Hobbs is working to improve higher education on and off campus.


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