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TWU Posts 10.2 Percent Enrollment Gain
DENTON Enrollment at Texas Woman's University is up
10.2 percent to 8,736 students, ending an eight-year decline and
exceeding the university's projected enrollment for fall.
"This is the result of a focused, strategic enrollment
plan and a university-wide effort by faculty and staff in Denton,
Dallas and Houston," said Chancellor Dr. Ann Stuart.
"Because of their tireless efforts, TWU has exceeded
enrollment projections. I applaud everyone who helped make this a
TWU's projected enrollment was 8,171 students. Fall 2001
enrollment was 7,928 students.
Enrollment on the Denton campus increased by 678 students,
from 6,168 in fall 2001 to 6,846 for fall 2002. Enrollment at the
Dallas centers increased from 831 to 921 students. Houston center
enrollment increased from 929 to 969 students.
Overall undergraduate enrollment is 4,822 students, up from
4,405 students last fall. Graduate student enrollment increased
from 3,523 students to 3,895 students.
"New and expanded programs, admissions outreach efforts,
better processing of applications and closer ties with community
colleges are among the tools that have played a part in increased
enrollment," said Dr. Lois Smith, interim provost and vice
president for academic affairs.
Equally important, TWU's total semester credit hours are up 9
percent from 75,324 hours last fall to 82,107 hours. Semester
credit hours, not headcount, are used to determine the amount of
state formula funding to the university.
University officials attribute the enrollment turnaround to
several factors, including developing new and expanding existing
programs, offering more scholarships to new students, increasing
the admissions staff, streamlining the admissions process, higher
visibility marketing efforts and improvements to facilities.
An alternative teacher certification curriculum designed by
TWU specifically for the Dallas Independent School District
played a role in enrollment growth. TWU is providing 500 Dallas
teachers 63 percent of the district's teachers seeking
alternative certification with training. These teachers
already have college degrees but lack state teacher
certification. During the 2002-2003 school year they teach DISD
students while also attending classes to earn their teacher
An Executive MBA program, which started this fall, also
impacted enrollment. University officials hoped for about 30
students mid-level professionals looking to gain additional
applied business knowledge and advance their leadership skills
through the online and weekend class program. Actual enrollment
in the EMBA program is 77 students, nearly three times original
"I'm extremely pleased about the quality of the EMBA
students," said Dr. Paula Ann Hughes, director of the School
of Management. "They come from a variety of backgrounds
manufacturing, health care, small business,
On the undergraduate level, TWU's Neighbors Educated Together
(NET) program and the Honors Scholars program have been
successful in attracting and retaining students.
The Honors Scholars program which has an emphasis on
research, writing and technology began with 25 students in
2000 and has grown to an average of 175 students per semester.
Program participants have smaller classes, have the option of
living in honors housing, enjoy social and cultural opportunities
and can take advantage of a variety of honors-related privileges.
The NET program offers freshmen and sophomores the opportunity
to take courses together while residing in a clustered living
environment in the residence hall. Commuter students also can
"NET has had a impact on student retention," said
Dr. Richard Nicholas, vice president for student life. "It
grew last year and is growing even larger this year." One
hundred and eighty-six students are in NET this fall, compared to
145 last fall.
TWU awarded more than $1 million in scholarships for the
2002-2003 academic year. "More than $500,000 went to new
students students who are in college for the first time,
new transfer students, new graduate students and new
international students," Nicholas said. "Many of these
scholarships can be renewed for four years."
Three hundred and seventy-nine scholarships, averaging $1,500
per year, were awarded to new students this fall, including 47
from the Mary Bryan and Tom C. Reitch Trust.
Admissions and Marketing
"We've worked hard at building relationships with high
schools and community colleges which provide TWU students,"
said Teresa Mauk, director of admissions, about efforts to boost
enrollment. A larger admissions staff also has made greater
efforts at making contacts and recruiting from every region of
Texas and following up with prospective students interested in
"As a whole, the university also has done a good job of
providing programs that are attractive to people," Mauk
Marketing efforts also have increased with radio and print
advertisements. A family of recruitment publications targeted to
primary audiences new freshmen, transfer and graduate
students also were created.
Facilities and Technology
First impressions count, and TWU officials have kept that in
mind when it comes to facilities and student recruitment and
retention. Buildings such as the Human Development Building and
Arts and Sciences Building have undergone extensive renovations
during the past two years to make them more user friendly,
incorporate more technology in the classroom and provide
state-of-the-art research facilities.
Cutting-edge technology also is available to students in the
recently opened Mega Computer Lab in the Multipurpose Classroom
and Laboratory Building. The lab's 84 computer stations include
the latest developments in desktop software and hardware that
students can use for completing their class work, as well as for
orientation and registration. Hundreds of students used the lab
to register for fall classes, completing the registration process
in less than 35 seconds, on average, after submitting their class
On-campus housing numbers also are up this fall with 1,217
students in residence halls compared to 1,133 last fall.
"All you have to do is look around to see that enrollment
has increased," Dr. Stuart said. "More students are
walking the hallways, activity is up in the bookstores and food
service areas. It's a wonderful sight."
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