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It was raining students at Austin Peay State University on Monday, Aug. 29the first day of classes for all Tennessee Board of Regents schools.

Preliminary data indicates enrollment at APSU is up, despite the deployment of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), which was expected to cut deeply into APSUs fall enrollment.

To the contrary, not only have early overall numbers increased, APSU is leading almost all TBR schools in percentage of enrollment increase, to date. It was raining students at Austin Peay State University on Monday, Aug. 29the first day of classes for all Tennessee Board of Regents schools.

Preliminary data indicates enrollment at APSU is up, despite the deployment of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), which was expected to cut deeply into APSU's fall enrollment.

To the contrary, not only have early overall numbers increased, APSU is leading almost all TBR schools in percentage of enrollment increase, to date.
As of the 1st day of classes (prior to drop/add), APSU's overall headcount was up 4.7 percent over the same day in Fall 2004. Even more significantsince state funding is based on full-time equivalency (FTE)Austin Peay's FTE is up 8.6 percent over Fall 2004.

As of the 1st day of classes on Aug. 29, other four-year universities in the Tennessee Board of Regents system reported their numbers to the TBR:

*ETSUHeadcount increased 1 percent; FTE increased 1.7 percent
*MTSUHeadcount increased 0.6 percent; FTE increased 0.1 percent
*TSUHeadcount increased 8.0 percent; FTE increased 7.3 percent
*TTUHeadcount increased 0.5 percent; FTE increased 0.5 percent
*University of MemphisHeadcount decreased 1.4 percent; FTE decreased 1.6 percent.

Among community colleges in the TBR system, the largest increase was reported by Nashville State Community College, which posted a 6.4 percent increase in headcount and a 8.2 percent increase in FTE. Roane State Community College had the lowest enrollment, with a 10.7 percent decrease in headcount and a 12.1 percent decrease in FTE.

Dr. Sherry Hoppe, president, said, “The enrollment at Austin Peay would have been even higher if soldier enrollment had not nosedived at the APSU Center@Fort Campbell. Fortunately, main-campus enrollment increases more than made up for that loss.

“On the first day of classes, main-campus headcount was up by 11.3 percent and FTE was up by 12.1 percent.”

While the number of first-time freshmen at APSU increased 5.6 percent, sophomore enrollment increased a massive 17 percent, which President Sherry Hoppe attributes, in large part, to the multiple retention initiatives launched at APSU last year, under the leadership of Dr. Harriett McQueen, dean of enrollment management and retention services.

Hoppe said, “Other TBR school officials already are calling to congratulate us on our enrollment increase, knowing that our back was against the wall with the deployment.

“Austin Peay's faculty and staff have worked hard and collaboratively throughout the summer to make up for the depletion of our student-soldier enrollment this fall, so I truly want to thank those who went way above and beyond in their efforts to recruit and retain students.

“Although these figures are preliminary, they bode well for Austin Peay's fall enrollment.” — Dennie B. Burke