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Austin Peay's fall enrollment on the rise

October 28, 2003


As of Oct. 28, the 14th day of the Fall II Term at the APSU Center @ Fort Campbell, Austin Peay posted an increase in FTE (full-time equivalency) enrollment, the figure on which state funding is based.

APSU has 6,277 full-time students now compared to 6,079 last fall–a 3.2 percent increase. The unofficial headcount is 7,623 compared to 7,482 last fall–an increase of 1.9 percent.

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission will release the official headcount in approximately two weeks.
October 28, 2003


As of Oct. 28, the 14th day of the Fall II Term at the APSU Center @ Fort Campbell, Austin Peay posted an increase in FTE (full-time equivalency) enrollment, the figure on which state funding is based.

APSU has 6,277 full-time students now compared to 6,079 last fall—a 3.2 percent increase. The unofficial headcount is 7,623 compared to 7,482 last fall—an increase of 1.9 percent.

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission will release the official headcount in approximately two weeks.

“Under President Hoppe's leadership, we continue to see enrollment increases, in part because she has enlarged the opportunities students have for taking classes,” says Dr. Bruce Speck, vice president for academic affairs. “For instance, before President Hoppe assumed leadership of APSU, we had no online courses. Today we have entire degrees online, and the enrollments in online courses help explain part of our enrollment growth.

“APSU has the capacity to enroll 10,000 students with our current facilities. I think that we will see continual enrollment increases, not only because of the excellent faculty and facilities we have, such as the new University Center and Sundquist Science Complex, but also because the lottery funds will enable more students to attend APSU.”

The APSU Center @ Fort Campbell is posting a decrease in full-time enrollment of only 0.8 percent. Dr. Houston Davis, assistant vice president for academic affairs, says, "Even with the deployments we have dealt with in the last year, overall enrollment at the Fort Campbell Center has held steady in Fall I and Fall II."

While active duty soldier enrollment is down 28.9 percent, the Center reported enrollment increases of 11.9 percent in family members, 32.9 percent in retirees and 0.9 percent in civilians.
—Rebecca Mackey