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Chancellor announces ‘record enrollment’ at KU this semester

Kansas University is celebrating "record-breaking" enrollment numbers this semester.

Kansas University is celebrating "record-breaking" enrollment numbers this semester.

September 4, 2008, 4:37 p.m. Updated September 5, 2008, 10:54 a.m.


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Kansas University is celebrating "record-breaking" enrollment numbers this semester.

"It is my prediction, based on early returns, that KU will have a year of special success," Chancellor Robert Hemenway said Thursday before about 200 faculty and staff during the annual convocation in Budig Hall.

Under Kansas Board of Regents guidelines, KU can't release official numbers until the 20th day of class. However, Hemenway and Provost Richard Lariviere believe KU could be setting a record this year.

Lariviere said KU was teaching 8,129 more credit hours than last year. If the average student enrolls in 12 credit hours - full-time for an undergraduate and more than full-time for most graduate students - it amounts to almost 680 more students this year than last.

That's good news after seeing enrollment declines for the past two years. In fall 2007, KU lost 353 students compared to the year before when enrollment was down 11 students.

Lariviere also pointed out the large occupancy of student housing.

"The dorms are full - completely full," he said. "Diana Robertson and her colleagues in housing have worked magic. The rooms were ready, clean and fully functional, the wait lists have been accommodated, and no one has been relegated to having to sleep in lounges or to be put three or four to a room."

And while many may want to credit the football team's Orange Bowl championship or the men's basketball National Championship, Lariviere said that's not necessarily the case.

"First and foremost, students continue to be attracted by the outstanding teachers and talented researchers we have on Mount Oread," he said.

Hemenway and Lariviere both offered assurances to a nervous campus that while the national economy's outlook was dim, all the talk of higher education budget cuts may never happen. Lariviere said he felt that the assurances from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius that she would work to protect all areas of education from damaging cuts was promising.

Lariviere closed with a call for the faculty to keep their heads up in heavy times and to remember that they performed a necessary function at KU.

"You are - collectively and individually -state treasures," he said. "Your work shapes the future of this state, the nation and the world. Thank you for that work."

KU expects 'record-breaking' enrollment

KU is expecting record-breaking enrollment numbers this semester.


kujayhawk 9 years, 8 months ago

Thank the football and basketball team.

Zac Hoffhines 9 years, 8 months ago

"record enrollment" but can not afford $3,000 for a steam whistle per year

Steve Jacob 9 years, 8 months ago

An NCAA Championship has a lot to do with that record.

MyName 9 years, 8 months ago

Not to spoil all of the naysayers in this thread, but considering the fact that the majority of new students (read: incoming Freshmen) who did apply, did so in the fall or winter of last year, I'd say this probably has little to do with the success of the Football or Basketball teams. Which in a way, is good news as there might be another bump next year.And all of this talk of trimming the fat (like with the steam whistle) is just to try to preempt the likely budget cuts that will come out next year. $3,000 is a drop in the bucket, but getting the P.R. out that KU is doing at it can to cut costs is an effort to save more than the $3,000 when the State Legislature comes in next year.

davidsmom 9 years, 8 months ago

The tone of the article is upbeat. If you hate KU so much, why don't you go somewhere where they do things the way you like? Increased enrollment might mean more money to keep faculty salaries competitive, restore cuts in some areas, or myriads of other needs. That doesn't mean the budget isn't still tight. I hope you can find another school where everything is perfect. I do not expect that to happen, so I am grateful for what we do have here.

Luxor 9 years, 8 months ago

What they are doing with the whistle, MyName, is pulling a cheap shunt by shutting down something so hugely public instead of cutting $3000 by telling two people that they can't attend a worthless conference that happens to be in Miami in February. It's a thinly veiled threat when they cut the whistle because it serves students and it's super public. Everyone is supposed to be scared that next KU will be forced to fire professors and eat student flesh. It's a crappy, bratty little publicity stunt.

Luxor 9 years, 8 months ago

Why doesn't the athletic department step up and offer to fund the whistle?

bugmenot 9 years, 8 months ago

I worry when I read articles like this that KU is letting far too many students in who aren't prepared for college. I taught as a TA in the business school, and, my goodness, very few students (even sophomores and juniors) were able to write a one-page paper. It makes me nervous to think KU's dissolving into a diploma mill, but I'm sure it's more indicative of the poor status of high school graduates in this country than KU.

compmd 9 years, 8 months ago

"The dorms are full"...probably because capacity has been reduced, what with suites and all.Three-fourths of the increase in credit hours is in CLAS. Maybe there is just the same number of students but now there is a huge rush to take Underwater Basketweaving. Ooh! Or what about Music of the 1960's? "Class, your assignment tonight is to go home, listen to the Beatles, and get high."

8ball 9 years, 8 months ago

the ljw used this same picture for an article a couple of days ago,guess they're short on funds also

sarahsmilehawk 9 years, 8 months ago

That whistle is $3,000 that KU is no longer wasting. Give 'em a break.Hemenway and company have done a lot to improve the quality of education at KU and make it more attractive to bright students with many choices.The Orange Bowl and National Championship were tipping points for students who were admitted to several schools.

Shardwurm 9 years, 8 months ago

Record enrollment = everyone gets a pay raise and our kids leave school with $100,000 in debt instead of $80,000.Sweet deal.

kusp8 9 years, 8 months ago

Of course they can't afford a steam whistle, the administration has to give themselves a pat on the back (read $3000 bonus) for the record enrollment. And...that money has gotzda come from somewhere.

MyName 9 years, 8 months ago

It's a whistle. It's been off for weeks and hardly anyone asked about it, even the ones who noticed it was gone. It's not exactly a "cheap stunt". If you're worried about losing your job or getting a pay cut, you don't go out and take long lunches and leave early. You come in early and show you're doing your job. That's the same thing they're doing here. They're trying to show that they're keeping costs down already so there's no need for a big budget cut. You don't hear about them raising the thermostat to 78 or 80 over the summer, but they've done that too because it's saved money.

Confrontation 9 years, 8 months ago

Exactly, srj & kujayhawk! This is mostly thanks to the success of the athletic teams. Of course, the admissions department wants to take the credit.

mmiller 9 years, 8 months ago

I am proud to say that I am debt-free college grad!!! Who whoooo!!!

GSWtotheheart 9 years, 8 months ago

Shardwurm (Anonymous) says: Record enrollment = everyone gets a pay raise and our kids leave school with $100,000 in debt instead of $80,000.Sweet deal.Whaaaaaaaaa??? Just because enrollment went up does NOT mean "everyone" gets raises. You might want to call your proctologist and see if he can find your head. Thanks.

Ragingbear 9 years, 8 months ago

Today's Headline :Record EnrollmentTomorrow's Headline: KU seeks additional funding.

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