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Fort Campbell Center official forecasts spring enrollment gain

Based on preliminary data, the executive director of the Austin Peay State University Center @ Fort Campbell is predicting a significant increase in enrollment on post for the upcoming spring terms.

From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7, the English Education Center at Fort Campbell held a Welcome Home Education Fair through a joint effort by all on-post secondary education institutions and the Education Center staff.
Based on preliminary data, the executive director of the Austin Peay State University Center @ Fort Campbell is predicting a significant increase in enrollment on post for the upcoming spring terms.

From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7, the English Education Center at Fort Campbell held a Welcome Home Education Fair through a joint effort by all on-post secondary education institutions and the Education Center staff.

The fair was dedicated to the late Cliff Stanfill, a 29-year military veteran and a 24-year program manager for APSU's culinary arts program at Fort Campbell. Stanfill, who passed away recently, was well known and highly regarded.

Gerald Beavers, executive director of the APSU Center @ Fort Campbell, called the event a “great success” with more than 350 potential students stopping to talk and gather information.

As of Monday, Nov. 6the day before the Welcome Home Education Fairthe APSU Admissions Office had processed 202 applications for Spring I Term, Fort Campbell Center @ Fort Campbell67 more than on the same date last year. An additional 81 applications had been received on Monday, but had not been processed.

“We're getting many new applications from soldiers, especially through GoArmyEd,” said Beavers. “Enrollment at Fort Campbell often hinges on events beyond our control, but it appears, as of this moment, that we will have an excellent enrollment for Spring I and Spring II.”

To accommodate the influx this spring, Beavers notified the APSU administration and department chairs that additional courses and sections may be needed, especially online sections.

APSU President Sherry Hoppe has indicated that APSU will meet the demands created by such an enrollment boom, and before 2008, APSU will have completed construction of its own education facility adjacent to the English Education Center, which will provide much-needed additional space for classrooms, labs and offices.

Beavers said, “We at the Austin Peay Center @ Fort Campbell realize the changing needs of our students and are constantly working to develop and add new programs such as the accelerated bachelor's degree in professional studies and our homeland security degree.” -- Dennie B. Burke