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Number of new grad students jumps

September 17, 2002

The number of graduate students enrolled for Fall 2002 classes increased 5.5 percent, from 385 graduate students in Fall 2001 to 406 this fall.

More important, however, is the significant jump in the number of new graduate students. In Fall 2001, APSU enrolled 65 new students in graduate-level studies, compared to 99 this fall—a 52.3 percent increase.

Dr. Houston Davis, assistant vice president of academic affairs for enrollment management, attributes the enrollment jump, in part, to the positive momentum created by a renewed appreciation of APSU within the local community.

“Another factor is the slow economy,” Davis said, adding that graduate enrollment statewide has tended to parallel unemployment data over the past 15 to 20 years. When jobs are plentiful, college graduates are more inclined to enter the job market immediately after earning a bachelor's degree. But when unemployment figures rise and jobs are difficult to find, students often continue their education, with hopes of increasing their marketability.”

Dr. Lou Beasley, interim dean of the College of Graduate Studies, cites aggressive recruitment efforts, especially within specific schools and departments.

“Our faculty in education recruited aggressively in this region last year,” she said, noting also that the opening of several off-campus sites for graduate education classes “increased location options for public school teachers.”

APSU's final enrollment data will be submitted to the Tennessee Board of Regents and Tennessee Higher Education Commission in late October—14 days after the beginning of Fall II Term classes at the APSU Center@ Fort Campbell.