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Feared enrollment decline at Center @ Ft. Campbell fails to materialize; officials surprised and thrilled

April 29, 2003

When word of impending deployment of Ft. Campbell military personnel to Iraq came, officials at Austin Peay's Center @ Fort Campbell braced themselves for double-digit declines in enrollment.

But the expected decline never happened.

As of April 20, the 14th day of classes and the official "census day" for enrollment counts, the center's enrollment held steady at 1,232a mere 4.2 (54-student) drop from the enrollment for Spring 2002.

Full-time-equivalency fared only a bit worse, dropping from 495 to 468, for a change of 5.5 percent.
April 29, 2003

When word of impending deployment of Ft. Campbell military personnel to Iraq came, officials at Austin Peay's Center @ Fort Campbell braced themselves for double-digit declines in enrollment.

But the expected decline never happened.

As of April 20, the 14th day of classes and the official "census day" for enrollment counts, the center's enrollment held steady at 1,232a mere 4.2 (54-student) drop from the enrollment for Spring 2002.

Full-time-equivalency fared only a bit worse, dropping from 495 to 468, for a change of 5.5 percent.

"Wow, what a surprise for this term," says Gerald Beavers, executive director of the center. "While we are down in active duty military, as we expected, we are not down to the extent we feared. We have to surmise that we were able to attract many of the rear guard and activated reservists.

Though the largest rise was in military retirees, with a 39.4 percent increase, the categories of family members and civilians were also up, by 15.9 and 10.2 percent respectively.

"This bodes well for when the troops get back," Beavers says. "If we can retain the students we picked up, and add the returning troops, we will show a significant increase."