Record-setting graduating class reflected in summer enrollment

Female student studies in Parks Library

Senior Lindsay Greifzu studies for her summer biochemistry course earlier this week in Parks Library's periodical room. Just under 11,000 students are enrolled in summer classes. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

On the heels of Iowa State's record-setting spring graduating class, summer enrollment dipped below 11,000 this year for the first time since 2012, to 10,806 students. It includes 7,612 undergraduates and 3,053 graduate students. Overall, the summer student body is 524 students (4.6%) smaller than last summer. Iowa State's summer enrollment record, 12,060 students, was set in 2017, following its highest fall enrollment on record.

The overall decline in enrollment is predictable as large classes from four to six years ago move through the university and are replaced by smaller classes, said Jennifer Suchan, interim university registrar and senior associate registrar.

"It's wonderful students are progressing through and graduating," she said. "This spring marked our sixth consecutive record in the number of students graduating from Iowa State."

Students who enroll only in online courses continue to account for a significant portion of ISU summer session students, a phenomenon unique to summer, Suchan said. This year, 3,643 students (33.7%) are online-only learners.

The summer census day is the 10th day (June 28) of the second session. The count reflects all registration through that day, so it includes classes that concluded prior to it as well as courses -- about 30 -- that hadn't begun yet.

Summer enrollment




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Sought-after courses

Twelve of the 15 undergraduate courses with the highest enrollments this summer also made the list a year ago; the top four (which includes an internship) remain unchanged from last summer. Five of the 15 are internships: mechanical engineering, civil engineering, construction engineering, apparel and technology systems management.

Summer 2019 highest enrolled courses


Total enrollment

Subset: online enrollment

Business Communication (ENGL 302)



Mechanical engineering summer internship (ME 396)



Technical Communication (ENGL 314)



Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 101)



Mechanics of Materials (EM 324)



Technology Internship (TSM 397)



Human Sexuality (HD FS 276)



Calculus II (MATH 166)



Supply Chain Management (SCM 301)



Civil engineering summer internship (CE 396)



Principles of Finance (FIN 301)



Principles of Marketing (MKT 301)



Construction engineering summer internship (CON E 396)



Calculus I (MATH 165)



Apparel professional internship (AESHM 470N)




Zunkel named to institutional research post

Karen Zunkel, director of undergraduate education and academic quality in the office of the senior vice president and provost, has been appointed executive director of the office of institutional research (IR), effective July 22.

Karen Zunkel head shot

Karen Zunkel

"Karen's deep understanding of ISU's land-grant mission of teaching, research and extension will enable her to reposition the office of institutional research to provide greater decision-making support across the university," said associate provost Dawn Bratsch-Prince, who oversees the office.

Zunkel, an ISU alumna, returned to campus in 1991 as an instructor in the College of Engineering before moving into administration positions across a range of functions. She served as manager of the Engineering college's undergraduate student services (1997-2002) before leading the Program for Women in Science and Engineering for more than a decade (2002-13). In 2004, she added a provost's office part-time appointment, director of undergraduate programs, to her duties. Since 2013, Zunkel has worked full time in academic quality and student outcomes assessment in the provost's office.

"It's an exciting time for IR, as new data sets -- including Workday -- and new analysis and visualization tools are available for decision-making purposes. I look forward to working with the IR team and campus partners to better leverage institutional data to improve Iowa State," Zunkel said.

Zunkel earned bachelor's and master's degrees in industrial engineering from Iowa State and the University of Oklahoma, respectively, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Iowa State.

Former IR director Gebre Tesfagiorgis retired in June 2016 and associate director Sandy Gahn, who served as interim director, retired last fall. Retired associate vice president for student affairs and registrar Kathy Jones has been serving as interim director since November.

A look back at the Workday launch

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Iowa State is in week two of Workday, and reports show that the campuswide transition to a central system for its finance, payroll and human resources work is going well.

"What a fantastic experience it was to see the project team -- and, really, all campus employees -- pulling together to hit this milestone," said Kristen Constant, interim vice president and chief information officer. "We know there is a lot of work ahead of us, but we're off to a great start."

With the help of improved service delivery (ISD) specialists who were the first to get access on July 1, the WorkCyte team identified and addressed inevitable gaps in the massive amount of data transferred from ISU's legacy systems. The rest of campus was given access July 2. Kumari Henry, change manager in information technology services (ITS), said issues are being solved as they're found. Most are specific and easily fixed.

"Having the specialists in Workday first helped them and the WorkCyte program teams iron out the wrinkles," Henry said. "It went well. The feedback has been generally positive. We're working through data and issues, but overall it's been really positive."

By the numbers

Some Workday numbers through July 5:

  • 138 different processes were used
  • 6,511 employees logged in (about 5,000 on July 1-2)
  • 53,196 transactions were performed

The most common HR transaction was requesting time off (3,892). Purchase orders (283) topped the list of finance-related actions.

"Those numbers say that people are logging in, and they're executing a lot of HR and finance transactions in Workday," Henry said. 

He said the WorkCyte team now is focused on issue resolution and first-time events in Workday -- for example, Workday's first payroll run at the end of July. 

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Brent Black, ITS senior customer success manager, said the IT solution center logged fewer than 60 Workday help requests in the first week.

"Workday go-live has not disrupted the normal operation of the solution center too much, which is a testament to the efforts the Workday implementation team has been putting in over the past 2.5 years," Black said. "Kudos to them."

He said the most frequent issues the solution center received inquiries about were: 

  • Student employees who needed to be "rehired" in the system
  • Net-IDs suspended due to incorrect information in Workday
  • Incorrect or new department names assigned to employees

Help with common finance transactions was added as a "How Do I" resource on the WorkCyte ISD website.

More than 1,850 Workday service requests were submitted last week, with more than half of those resolved. The finance teams fielded about 730 through July 8. 

ISD finance and HR specialists meet regularly to share solutions and best practices for the work they're doing in the Workday system. Jenni Winter, finance manager in the operations and finance division, said the financial specialists have a collaborative space to meet, but some are beginning to report to their individual work spaces. 

WorkCyte team members reemphasized that patience is appreciated during the transition. 

"Be understanding that this is a continual process to tweak Workday to work for ISU," Black said.


Donald Hackmann

School of Education director and inaugural Frances S. and Arthur L. Wallace Professor Donald Hackmann. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

Donald Hackmann became director of the School of Education and the inaugural Frances S. and Arthur L. Wallace Professor in the College of Human Sciences on July 1. The named professorship is awarded at the college dean's discretion to support high priorities.

Hackmann comes to Ames from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he'd served since 2004, most recently as professor of educational leadership. He led the educational organization and leadership department on an interim basis (2007-09).

This is Hackmann's second professional stop on campus. He was a faculty member in the former educational leadership and policy studies department from 1998 to 2004. His career also includes positions as math teacher and principal at several public middle and high schools in Missouri.

He earned doctoral and educational specialist degrees in educational administration at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He earned master's (secondary school administration) and bachelor's (math and math education) degrees from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.

Hackmann's office is in 1620C Lagomarcino. He can be reached by email at, by phone at 294-2336.


Christopher Hanes

Student counseling services director Christopher Hanes. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

Christopher Hanes, associate director of counseling and psychological services at the University of Cincinnati, became director of student counseling services on July 1. He leads a staff that provides prevention, intervention and referral services to students and training for faculty and staff to assist them in addressing the psychological needs of their students.

Before arriving in Cincinnati, Hanes held several leadership positions in counseling and psychological services at the University of Central Florida, Orlando (2013-17), including interim assistant director for clinical services and associate director, providing administrative oversight of clinical services. He also provided direct patient care for more than a decade at various schools and hospitals (2002-13).

Hanes earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington, master's in counseling from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, and a doctorate in counseling psychology, also from Indiana.

Hanes' office is in 3034 Student Services Building. He can be reached by email at, by phone at 294-5056.