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FHSU enrollment hits new high

9/29/2013

By JUDY SHERARD

jsherard@dailynews.net

Fort Hays State University has set another record with 13,441 students enrolled Sept. 16, the 20th day of classes.

Last year, the head count number was 13,310, according to an FHSU news release.

That's an increase of 131, or .98 percent, according to the Kansas Board of Regents semester preliminary report.

Total on-campus enrollment is 4,767, including the largest on-campus freshman class in school history.

Enrollment increased in the graduate school and virtual college, and for the second year in a row, decreased at the China partner universities.

"The decline in China was expected," FHSU President Edward Hammond said in the news release. "What we generally call the China modality could be more accurately described as the 'cross-border' delivery modality, because while the vast majority of those students are located in China, from year to year we sometimes have smaller programs in other countries."

In August, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported FHSU was the third fastest-growing university in the country from 2001-11.

"By offering a high-quality education with close personal attention at an affordable cost, we expect to reach our goal of 20,000 students by the year 2020," Hammond said of the ranking.

Overall enrollment at Kansas public universities decreased by 123 students, or .12 percent, according to the Regents' report.

Headcount enrollment increased at Emporia, Pittsburg and Kansas State Universities and Washburn University. The number of students decreased at the University of Kansas and Wichita State.

Enrollment at the state's 19 community colleges also declined by 3,095, or 3.82 percent. Colby Community College enrollment was down by 43 students.

Kansas' technical colleges' enrollment increased by 472 students, including an increase of 65 students at Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland.

With 34 fewer students enrolled than last year, North Central Kansas Technical College was the exception.