Even though approximately one-third of entering Baylor freshmen cite career plans in the medical field, a much smaller percentage of that cohort enters medical school. We must intervene early to help identify other areas in the health sciences in which this larger percentage of students can succeed. Accordingly, we affirm the initiative in the recently approved Arts & Sciences 10-Year Enrollment Management Plan that "by 2014 Arts & Sciences, in concert with Admissions Services, will shape the size and profile of the Arts & Sciences freshman class." Arts & Sciences has already begun this shaping process by establishing majors in pre-Biology and pre-Psychology and Neuroscience. The 10-Year Enrollment Management Plan also calls for limits on Medical Humanities majors by 2014. Moreover, the Office of Prehealth Studies has developed courses and programming such as the Science & Health Living and Learning Center to support the educational and professional development of our prehealth student population. While these are positive steps, we need to expand these kinds of efforts.
Another positive development is the Arts & Sciences initiative (expressed in the 10-Year Enrollment Management Plan, Appendix 1B) to assign one professional advisor to our students for their freshman and sophomore years. As this new advising model is implemented in Fall 2014, the professional advisors assigned to prehealth students will need a background in, or training in, advising in the health sciences. To this end, professional advisors working with this cohort will participate in a semi-annual workshop offered by the Office of Prehealth Studies.