Enrollment for the recently completed summer session at Kansas University was down more than 300 students -- from 9,615 students in 1994 to 9,313 students this year, the university reported today.
That's the lowest total since 1987, when 9,055 students attended the abbreviated session. Since then, summer enrollment had gone up several years in a row, peaking at 10,218 in 1991. Enrollment gradually has been declining since.
Executive Vice Chancellor Ed Meyen attributed the the decline this year partly to a drop in grants for some in-service education programs for teachers, and a change in tax policies for postdoctoral students.
"Summer enrollments at KU and nationally have varied in recent years," Meyen said in a prepared statement. "We try to anticipate the fluctuations and respond to the need."
KU officials downplay reductions in summer enrollment, saying that it has no impact on legislative funding, which is based on fall enrollment counts.
For the first time this year, there was no opening-day summer enrollment count. KU officials will no longer release opening-day figures for any semester, following a change in policy by the Kansas Board of Regents.
For this summer, there were 6,492 students enrolled at the Lawrence campus, a drop of 340; and 966 at the Regents Center in Overland Park, an increase of 85.
The KU Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. had an enrollment of 1,855, a drop of 47 from last summer.
The figures were based on the official 20th-day head count taken weeks ago but weren't released until today, two weeks after the summer session ended.