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Despite deployment, Austin Peay posts spring enrollment increase

Yellow ribbons tied around the trees and light posts on the campus of Austin Peay can be removed now. The 20,000 soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) are returning home from their successful mission in Iraq.

In addition to celebrating the soldiers return, APSU officials also are celebrating an increase in the Universitys Spring 2004 Semester enrollment.
Yellow ribbons tied around the trees and light posts on the campus of Austin Peay can be removed now. The 20,000 soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) are returning home from their successful mission in Iraq.

In addition to celebrating the soldiers' return, APSU officials also are celebrating an increase in the University's Spring 2004 Semester enrollment.

Despite the deployment of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and special units assigned to Fort Campbell, Ky., all of which precipitated a 20.6 percent decrease in headcount enrollment at the APSU Center@ Fort Campbell, APSU's total enrollment has increased over the Spring 2003 enrollment.

According to Dr. Houston Davis, assistant vice president for academic affairs, the enrollment growth on the main campus is the key factor in the overall enrollment increase for spring. Main-campus headcount enrollment increased 3.5 percent, up to 5,591 students this spring from last spring's 5,404. Even more significant is the 3.6 percent increase in full-time equivalency students (FTE)4,858 this spring and 4,691 last spring. FTE is used to calculate state funding.

Those increases on main campus absorbed some of the enrollment lost with the massive deployment, which primarily affected enrollment at the APSU Center@ Fort Campbell.

When considering total enrollment for the main campus and the Fort Campbell Center, the FTE is up 1.4 percent over last year. Spring 2004 FTE stands at 5,363 compared to 5,289 last year. The total headcount is 6,812 compared to 6,761.
—Dennie Burke