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FHSU, EMPORIA GAIN ENROLLMENT

February 24, 1994

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Enrollment increased at two Kansas Board of Regents universities this semester and declined at four.

Spring enrollment at state universities

At KU enrollment was 24,457, a decline of 537 students or 2 percent from spring 1993 totals.

At Kansas State the tally was 18,115, a decline of 585 or 3.1 percent.

At Wichita State the headcount was 14,401, a decline of 85 or 0.5 percent.

At Emporia State enrollment was 5,664, an increase of 114 or 2 percent.

At Pittsburg State the headcount was 6,096, a drop of 125 or 2 percent

At Fort Hays State

A commitment to high-tech learning and small classes taught by professors has made Fort Hays State University the fastest-growing university in the state Board of Regents system, FHSU's president said today.

FHSU had the largest 1994 spring semester enrollment increase among the six regents' universities -- 2.4 percent compared with spring 1993.

"We've been the fastest-growing of the regents' institutions over the last five years," FHSU President Edward Hammond said.

As of the 20th day of spring semester classes, enrollment had increased at FHSU and Emporia State University. The headcount at ESU increased 2 percent.

At Kansas University, enrollment on the main campus in Lawrence fell by 2 percent. It's been the university's goal for several years to hold enrollment steady.

Enrollments dropped this spring at three other regents' schools. The most dramatic shift was at Kansas State University, which lost 3.1 percent of its enrollment from a year ago.

KSU Registrar Don Foster attributed the decline to a big drop in enrollment in the fall 1993 semester and graduation of an unusually large number of students in December.

He said KSU's enrollment increased from 1986 to 1991, but had slid since 1991. Enrollment is expected to rise in the future, he said.

"We're looking at the number of high school graduates going up 15 percent or so. Our enrollment will follow that," Foster said.

"The challenge is how to survive the increase, not this decrease."

Hammond said FHSU set out six years ago to transform the university's learning environment. Graduates now must be computer literate regardless of their major, he said.

"Kids from all over the state want to go to a college or university that is computerized," he said.

He said students were attracted to Fort Hays State because the average class size was small and nearly all courses were taught by full-time faculty instead of graduate teaching assistants.

FHSU also merged computer, telephone and television technology to deliver classes to 57 sites in Western Kansas, he said.

"There's a number of off-campus students who are taking courses at Fort Hays State University who will earn degrees ... and never set foot on campus," Hammond said.

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