Enrollment growth continues

February 19, 2015

The seventh consecutive semester of enrollment growth at Emporia State saw gains in every school and college of the university. Total enrollment on the 20th day of classes for spring 2015 was 5,845, an increase of 110 students.

Academic programs with gains included undergraduate science, math and political science as well as graduate and online programs in business administration, library science and counselor education.

“Emporia State is attracting high-achieving students who are interested in our science programs and their tradition of creating hands-on learning opportunities for students,” said Dr. David P. Cordle, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The human cadaver lab in the Department of Biological Sciences, opened in July 2012, provides real-world experience for students who in the past were limited to textbook illustrations, three-dimensional models and cat dissection.

In the lab, a group of students spend 100 hours of class time dissecting a human cadaver for their own education. Then, throughout the next two semesters, students in other science classes are brought into the lab by their instructors.

Graduate and online courses saw their own increases in enrollment.

“These increases are indicative of our focus on offering graduate programs that address career advancement needs of adult learners,” Cordle said.

Often, students seeking graduate degrees to enhance their careers are “place-bound,” with ties to where they live through their employment and family circumstances. Pursuing their degrees through on-campus classes could create a hardship.

Although some programs are offered completely online, like the Master of Business Administration, others use a blended model that combines online coursework with face-to-face instruction.

“This unique instructional model of blended learning in the School of Library and Information Management offers the face-to-face complement not just here in Emporia but in locations all over,” Cordle explained.

SLIM offers programs in Emporia and Overland Park; Denver, Colorado; Salt Lake City and Orem, Utah; and Portland, Oregon.

“Our faculty and staff are committed to all aspects of our campus enrollment management program,” said Dr. Jim Williams, vice president for student affairs. “Their dedication is second to none. As such, it continues to be a great day to be a Hornet!”