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Arkansas State University announces record
enrollment for fall term 2008
Sept. 11, 2008 --
Chancellor Robert L.
Potts today announced a record enrollment at Arkansas State
University-Jonesboro. The headcount on the 11th class day was
11,551, a 6.3% increase over last year. The previous record enrollment
was 11,171 in 1992.
The total unduplicated headcount of 11, 551 was an increase of 682
compared to last fall’s total unduplicated headcount of 10,869. Total
first-time freshmen student count is at 1,891 this year, up 158 from
last fall’s count of 1,733. The previous record enrollment of 1,867 for
a freshman class was set in 1983.
Chancellor Potts stated, “I am delighted that Arkansas State
University-Jonesboro is clearly a first-choice higher education
destination, not only for many more Arkansas students, but for
increasing numbers of students from around the world. I would like to
commend the outstanding work of our Office of Admissions, our Office of
International Programs, our faculty, and all others across campus who
collaborated to achieve these record numbers. This is a banner day for
ASU-Jonesboro . I thank the faculty for teaching well, the staff for
working hard, the facilities personnel for making our campus attractive,
athletics for winning games, and other programs for continuing to excel
and for attracting this record student enrollment.”
Under Arkansas Department of Higher Education guidelines, the enrollment
includes students enrolled in courses offered by ASU-Jonesboro through
ASU Degree Centers and other sites throughout northeast Arkansas.
Total full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment is 9,109, up 414, or 4.8%,
from last fall’s 8,694. FTE is used by the Arkansas Department of Higher
Education to apply the state funding formula for public institutions of
Growth reached records in other categories too; master’s degree level
graduate student numbers were at 1,420, up 304 from last fall’s 1,116.
Total graduate student numbers were at 1,761, up 277 from last year’s
1,484. Dr. Kathryn Jones, of Institutional Research, Planning, and
Assessment, says, “Graduate students have set another record, both for
graduate enrollment at the master’s degree level, and total graduate
International student enrollment is also breaking records; international
student registrations for 2008-09 are 337, an increase of 205
students compared to 132 international students in fall 2007, an
increase of 155%. The previous high international enrollment was 330 in
Positive trends in the enrollment statistics also show that university
initiatives are working, according to Dr. Rick Stripling, vice
chancellor for Student Affairs, who oversees the Office of Admissions.
"The preliminary numbers continue to offer strong evidence that the
university’s strategic enrollment initiatives are showing positive
results," Stripling said.
Another significant trend noted is the popularity of Web-based or
Web-assisted instruction. The enrollment in these courses increased from
1,984 in fall 2007 to 2,709 this year, an addition of 725 students.
"The growth in Web-based instruction is a direct response to the
students’ demand for flexibility in scheduling," Stripling said. "The
credit here goes to the faculty in the academic colleges who are
excelling in online course offerings, and also to the implementation of
the graduate online degree program established in the College of
Education by the Office of Academic Affairs and Research in cooperation
with Higher Education Holdings of Dallas, Texas. However, the most
dramatic increase in enrollment is in numbers of international students.
The model recruitment program for international students, designed and
implemented by Dr. Dan Howard, vice chancellor, Academic Affairs and
Research, and his staff in the Office of International Programs, is
superb. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions has also implemented new
recruitment strategies and provided support. These joint efforts have
contributed to the first-time freshmen enrollment gains. These
complementary efforts have produced this record enrollment for ASU.”