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Enrollment at Fort Campbell hits a new high

Our classrooms are full from early morning until 10 at night, says Gerald Beavers, executive director of the APSU Center @ Fort Campbell, following the 14th day of classes for the Fall I Term at the Army Education Center.

Headcount enrollment increased 24 percent over the 2003 Fall I Term, while FTE (full-time equivalency) enrollment jumped even moreup almost 28 percent over last year.

Freshmen enrollment increased 47 percent over the same term in 2003; sophomore numbers grew by 18.9 percent; juniors increased 10.8 percent and senior enrollment is up 13.7 percent. “Our classrooms are full from early morning until 10 at night,” says Gerald Beavers, executive director of the APSU Center @ Fort Campbell, following the 14th day of classes for the Fall I Term at the Army Education Center.

Headcount enrollment increased 24 percent over the 2003 Fall I Term, while FTE (full-time equivalency) enrollment jumped even moreup almost 28 percent over last year.

Freshmen enrollment increased 47 percent over the same term in 2003; sophomore numbers grew by 18.9 percent; juniors increased 10.8 percent and senior enrollment is up 13.7 percent.

The enrollment of active-duty soldiers increased 99.6 percent, with the number of enrolled retirees jumping 21.7 percent over last year. Family members enrolled for Fall I Term increased 1.2 percent, with a decline of 6.7 percent in civilian enrollment.

“Among the reasons for our growth is that, in our global economy, a college education is a must,” says Beavers. “We have been expanding our programs and course offerings at the APSU Center at Fort Campbell to meet those challenges and higher education needs of our students.”

The convenient eight-week courses, a good mix of day-night courses and the challenging instruction of highly qualified faculty in excellent learning facilities provided by the U.S. Army meet the needs of Fort Campbell Center students, the majority of whom are adults who must juggle their studies with career and family obligations.

Regarding how he is coping with the burgeoning enrollment at Fort Campbell, Beavers says, “This is a challenge we enjoy. We have met the growth with improved scheduling of courses to make maximum use of available rooms. We also have increased the number of online courses offered, which not only helps meet the needs of students with varying work and family schedules, but also frees up some classroom space.”

Registration for Fall II Term at the APSU Center@ Fort Campbell is Oct. 4-8, with classes beginning Tuesday, Oct. 12.

For more information, telephone (931) 221-1412.
—Dennie Burke