Board of Regents revises university enrollment numbers

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Kansas Board of Regents

The Kansas Board of Regents revised its enrollment numbers that were released earlier this week, and the revision shows the University of Kansas down 82 students rather than the 151 the Regents originally reported.

“The 2018 full-time-equivalency number of 24,246 remains the same,” said Matt Keith, a spokesman with the Board of Regents. “But the 2017 full-time-equivalency for both KU and Kansas State was different.”

Keith said that the data team, when going over the numbers again and looking at the difference in 2017, detected some calculation errors and made appropriate revisions.

This now changes the total number of students enrolled in all six state universities, taking it down 540 students rather than the 95 originally reported.

It also means KU has more company with declining enrollment. Instead of sharing the title with only Pittsburg State University, Kansas State University is now on that list.

It had been reported that K-State was up by 102 students; however, it is actually down 601.

This revision also changes the number for the Lawrence and Edwards campuses; that number is only down 105, as opposed to the 166 reported. The KU Medical Center is up 22 students rather than 15.

This was the first time the Board of Regents moved from the traditional 20th-day headcount metric to a full-time equivalency metric, which Regents believe provides the best analysis.


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