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TWU Posts 11 Percent Enrollment Gain For Fall 2003 Semester

9/11/03


DENTON — Enrollment at Texas Woman’s University is up 11 percent. Fall 2003 enrollment is 9,705 students, up from 8,736 students last fall when TWU posted a 10 percent enrollment increase.

“TWU’s faculty and staff are the key to the university’s strategic growth,” said TWU Chancellor Dr. Ann Stuart. “I am proud of the work they’ve accomplished and applaud them for their tireless efforts.”

Enrollment on the Denton campus increased by 781 students, from 6,666 students in fall 2002 to 7,447 in fall 2003. Enrollment at the Dallas centers increased from 921 students to 989. Houston center enrollment increased from 971 students to 1,173. Ninety-six students are classified as off-campus this fall.

Overall, undergraduate enrollment increased from 4,817 to 5,535 students. Graduate student enrollment increased from 3,877 to 4,370.

“It’s exciting to have so many new students and to have exceeded our goals for the semester,” said Dr. Carolyn Gunning, interim provost. This fall’s enrollment goal was 8,976 students.

Most important, TWU's total semester credit hours are up 15.3 percent from 82,134 hours last fall to 95,111 hours. Student credit hours, not headcount, determine the university’s state funding.

Full-time graduate student enrollment is up by more than 46 percent. Master’s degree-level enrollment is up by 12.3 percent and doctoral student enrollment is up by 10.2 percent. Graduate students taking nine or more hours during a semester are considered full-time.

“Distance learning is an important component in the increase of full-time graduate students,” said Dr. Jennifer Martin, dean of the Graduate School. “Online classes make it more convenient to take more hours and take classes during different times of the day.”

Graduate programs with an online component that have experienced dramatic enrollment growth include family studies, which grew from 66 to 113 students; library sciences, up from 286 to 499 students; speech pathology, which grew from 89 to 162 students; and the executive master’s in business administration program, up from 77 to 232 students. Enrollment in the graduate kinesiology program, which offers both online classes as well as traditional classroom instruction at remote sites, increased from 78 to 115 students.

Overall the number of TWU students taking at least one distance learning class increased from 1,316 to 2,408. Students taking only distance learning classes increased from 580 to 1,077.

Traditional graduate programs also have experienced enrollment growth. “Women’s studies, which is a small program, also saw a large increase going from 18 to 30 students,” Dr. Martin said. And TWU launched its master of arts in teaching program (MAT) this fall with 77 students, nearly double the program’s goal. The MAT program is designed to prepare students who have a bachelor’s degree, but do not have teaching credentials, for initial teacher certification. Students successfully completing the program earn their teacher certification and master’s degree at the same time.

On the undergraduate level, new freshman enrollment grew from 532 students last fall to 627. “TWU not only is increasing the quantity, but the quality of incoming freshmen,” said Teresa Mauk, executive director of enrollment management. Twenty-six of the new freshman were either valedictorians or salutatorians of their high school class, and 106 graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

“We had almost as many freshmen in the last orientation session this summer than we had in the freshman class two years ago,” noted Dr. Richard Nicholas, vice president for student life.

The Honors Scholars program — which has an emphasis on research, writing and technology — enrolled 48 new freshmen this fall, up from 37 in fall 2002. The program was started in 2000 with 25 students and currently boasts more than 200 students, freshmen through seniors.


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. To be eligible for the program, a freshman must either have scored 1,200 or better on the SAT or have graduated in the top 10 percent of his or her high school class.

The First Year Connection scholars housing community was launched this fall with 55 freshman students, at capacity for the semester. The housing community has two theme tracks — leadership and wellness.

Students in each track live on a dormitory floor with other First Year Connection students interested in the same theme. Along with living in a community, the students also take coursework together that relates to their particular theme. For example, students in the leadership track take coursework that will help them develop their leadership skills.

First Year Connection is modeled after TWU’s highly successful Neighbors Educated Together (NET) program. The NET program offers freshmen the opportunity to take courses together while residing in a clustered living environment in the residence hall.

Combined, more than 200 students are participating in the NET or First Year Connection programs this fall.

University housing is full with 1,345 spaces filled — a 10 percent increase over last fall. Some students were housed in temporary accommodations the first days of the semester while permanent spaces were prepared for them.

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