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APSU enrollment continues to climb; Tops in Tennessee during 2000-05

With final figures now on record with the Tennessee Board of Regents, Austin Peay State Universityonce againis TBRs fastest-growing university.

Of more significance, however, according to Dr. Brian Noland, associate director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), is that, during the tenure of APSU President Sherry Hoppe (2000-05), APSU has enjoyed a 23.8 percent increase in enrollmentmaking it the fastest-growing higher education institution in Tennessee.
With final figures now on record with the Tennessee Board of Regents, Austin Peay State Universityonce againis TBR's fastest-growing university.

Of more significance, however, according to Dr. Brian Noland, associate director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), is that, during the tenure of APSU President Sherry Hoppe (2000-05), APSU has enjoyed a 23.8 percent increase in enrollmentmaking it the fastest-growing higher education institution in Tennessee.

APSU's full-time equivalency (FTE) enrollment, upon which state funding is based, increased 5.71 percent over Fall 2004. Austin Peay's Fall 2005 FTE is 7, 335, compared to 6,939 last fall. The second largest FTE increase was posted by East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, which had a 1.19 increase over last fall.

Among all TBR universities, APSU also saw the largest increase in headcount, up 1.88 percent over Fall 2004. MTSU's 1.04 percent increase in headcount was the second largest.

Hoppe said, “I'm proud that Austin Peay has led the Tennessee Board of Regents institutions in enrollment increases for the second year in a row. This is especially noteworthy since we had a decline in enrollment at Fort Campbell campus due to the deployment. To have had an overall increase despite that factor is a major accomplishment.”

Hoppe attributed the increase to APSU's ongoing successful marketing campaign as well as the University's extensive retention efforts. “By helping our students be more successful, we are keeping them in school and moving them toward graduationand that has a positive effect not only on their future lives, but also on our enrollment numbers.” —Dennie B. Burke