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25 years ago: KU experiencing huge enrollment jump in foreign-language classes

September 18, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 18, 1987:

A national trend of heightened interest in foreign languages was reflected at Kansas University, according to officials there. The number of students enrolling in KU foreign language classes was climbing steadily, with departments reporting increases ranging from 10 to 40 percent over the last year. "We've never had such a jump before," said Jan Kozma-Southall, French and Italian department chair. The Spanish and Portuguese department, for example, had experienced an enrollment increase of 73 percent over the past four years. The situation was straining the classroom space and faculty resources of the departments, with one result being a greater reliance on graduate teaching assistants.

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