TWU Sets New Enrollment
DENTON – Strategic
planning and hard work have resulted in an all-time enrollment record
of 10,737 students at Texas Woman’s University. The 10.6 percent
increase marks the fifth consecutive semester of double-digit enrollment
growth at TWU.
Most important, TWU’s
total semester credit hours are up 10.7 percent from 94,861 last
fall to 104,990 hours — also a record. Student credit hours,
not headcount, determine the university’s state funding. All
numbers are based on 12th class day data.
in TWU's history could not have been achieved without the diligent
efforts of faculty and staff in working the university's strategic
enrollment plan,” said TWU Chancellor and President Dr. Ann
Stuart. “This is no small accomplishment, and I congratulate
everyone for the part they played in setting this record.”
Expanded programs, admissions
outreach efforts, improved processing of applications, enhanced
marketing efforts and closer ties with high schools and community
colleges are elements of the strategic enrollment plan lead by Dr.
growth is a positive indicator of the excellence in the academic
programs at TWU,” noted Dr. Cheryl Samuels, provost. “It
is clear that the faculty and staff are dedicated to student success
and they’ve built relationships to help ensure that success.”
Students also recognize
and appreciate the efforts of faculty and staff. “I’m
known by name here. I’m not a Social Security number like
at other universities,” said Denton native Teneisha McKinney.
The sophomore, a member of the Pioneers’ basketball team who
transferred this fall from Grayson County College, noted that TWU
began recruiting her while she was a junior in high school and maintained
contact with her the past three years.
“When I started
looking at colleges, TWU was the first and only university to respond
to my e-mails,” said Kenny Jacobs, a freshman business major
from Galveston. “Once I decided on TWU, the admissions office
e-mailed me about every week keeping me updated on what I needed
to know. Everybody, instructors and staff, have been great and helpful.”
Enrollment at the Denton
campus is 8,454 students, up from 7,547 in fall 2003. Enrollment
at the Dallas centers grew to 1,019 students, up from 990. Houston
center enrollment is 1,264, compared to 1,172 last fall.
increased to 5,820 students, from 5,344 in fall 2003. Graduate enrollment
grew to 4,913 from 4,365. An additional four students were listed
as unclassified at the close of the 12th class day.
The previous enrollment
record of 10,090 students was set during fall 1994.
Honors Scholars Program
TWU’s Honors Scholars
Program — which emphasizes research, writing and technology
— enrolled 45 new freshmen whose average SAT score is 1,291.
Started in 2000 with 25 students, the program currently is at capacity
with 200 students, freshmen through seniors. Plans are underway
to open the program to more students next fall.
Honors Scholar participants
have the opportunity to work with faculty members, the option of
living in special housing and can take advantage of a variety of
extracurricular activities. To be eligible for the program, a freshman
must score at least 1,220 on the SAT or have graduated in the top
10 percent of his or her high school class.
Continued strong growth
in the executive MBA, master of arts in teaching (MAT), and library
sciences and family studies master’s degree programs reflects
TWU’s success in achieving its mission of educating leaders
in the professional fields.
“All these programs
have online components, but also offer the opportunity for face-to-face
interaction with faculty,” said Dr. Jennifer Martin, dean
of the graduate school. “Students find that combination of
online and personal contact appealing.”
More than 300 students
are enrolled in the EMBA program, up from 232 students in fall 2003.
EMBA enrollment continues past the official census day, so final
enrollment figures for that program are not available. The MAT program
has 211 students, compared to 73 when it was established last fall.
Some 539 students are enrolled in the library sciences master’s
program, up from 495 in fall 2003. The master’s program in
family studies has increased to 169 students, up from last year’s
number of 113.
General Studies Degree
and Distance Education
The new bachelor of general
studies degree (BGS), which allows upper-level courses to be completed
online, was launched this fall with 104 students. The BGS is designed
for transfer students, working adults returning to school to complete
a degree or students who earned an associate’s degree elsewhere
and desire a bachelor’s degree.
“The BGS is off
to a strong start,” said Teresa Mauk, executive director of
enrollment management. “Obviously, there’s a market
for this program and TWU is proud to provide these students with
the opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degrees.”
Indicative of the increasing
popularity of online learning, the number of TWU students taking
at least one distance learning class has increased to 3,004, up
from 2,408 last fall. Students taking only distance learning classes
increased to 1,367 from 1,077.
Building For Growth
growth plan includes building facilities and parking, and renovating
existing buildings for new purposes.
Occupancy in university
housing is up 7 percent this fall, and at capacity, with 1,438 students
living on campus. To meet increased demand, TWU is building new
apartment-style housing for students with families and for single
students on the Denton campus.The new residence halls will open
in August 2005. Also on the Denton campus, a new parking lot containing
88 spaces is under construction at the intersection of Bell Avenue
and Administration Drive.
In 2005, TWU will break
ground on a new $37 million state-of-the-art urban campus at Houston’s
Texas Medical Center. The 10-story, 202,000 square-foot campus,
which will replace TWU’s existing Houston Center, will prepare
the state’s next generation of nurses, physical and occupational
therapists and nutritionists to meet the evolving health needs of
At TWU’s Dallas-Parkland
campus, plans are underway to renovate three floors of a former
residence hall into classrooms and office space. Additional parking
also will be made available.
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