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TWU Posts 15.2 Percent Enrollment
DENTON Texas Woman's University's spring enrollment is
up 15.2 percent compared to spring
2002, continuing double-digit enrollment gains which began last
Enrollment at TWU's four campuses is 8,346
students. Enrollment for the spring 2002 semester was
7,241. More significantly, TWU's total semester credit hours are
up 15.4 percent from 70,308 hours
last spring to 81,196 hours.
Semester credit hours, not headcount, are used to determine the
amount of state formula funding to the university.
Enrollment on the Denton campus increased by 825 students, from 5,535 in spring 2002 to
6,360 for spring 2003. Enrollment at
the Dallas centers increased from 849 to 948
students. Houston center enrollment increased from 857 to 1,038 students.
Overall undergraduate enrollment is 4,626
students, up from 4,140 students last spring. Graduate student
enrollment increased from 3,101 students last spring to 3,720 for spring 2003.
"We have made significant progress," said Dr. Lois
Smith, TWU provost and vice president for academic affairs.
"Undergraduate and graduate enrollment gains are equally
impressive. Our strategies to increase enrollment are proving
Typically, universities see a drop in enrollment from the fall
to spring semester with a 10 percent decline not being
unusual. TWU's spring enrollment is less than 4 1/2 percent off
the fall 2002 enrollment of 8,736 students. Fall 2002 enrollment
increased 10.2 percent from fall 2001.
Many undergraduate and graduate programs reported enrollment
gains this spring. TWU's undergraduate kinesiology program posted
a 30 percent increase in enrollment from spring 2002 to spring
2003 57 new students.
"The university's admissions office and our faculty have
worked with community colleges and high schools to boost our
enrollment," said Dr. Jerry Wilkerson, chair of the
Department of Kinesiology. "Being a stepping stone into a
school of physical therapy and being able to offer certification
and not just a degree also has helped," Dr. Wilkerson said.
TWU students earning a degree in kinesiology also can earn
American College of Sports Medicine health fitness instruction
certification, athletic training certification and ropes course
Graduate student enrollment is up nearly 20 percent, noted Dr.
Jennifer Martin, dean of graduate studies. "We're up 106 doctoral students alone," she
"The number of full-time graduate students also is up 340 students. I think that's partly
because of the economy and partly because of our executive
master's in business administration (EMBA) program. EMBA students
are full-time students even though most work full-time," Dr.
TWU launched its EMBA program in the fall 2002 semester with
nearly 80 students. Total EMBA enrollment for the spring 2003
semester is 138
The graduate program in library science experienced a 45 percent
increase in enrollment, growing from 215 students last spring to 312 this semester.
"There's a two-fold reason for that increase," said
Dr. Keith Swigger, dean of the College of Professional Education.
"One reason is an expansion of the Houston program for
health science librarianship and information services. The other
is offering the master's in library science degree as a distance
education-based program where students can earn the degree
Marketing efforts targeted at Hispanic students helped
increase Hispanic enrollment by 23.9
percent this spring. Hispanic enrollment is 894
students almost 11 percent of TWU's total enrollment.
TWU's College of Nursing also recorded
gains. Undergraduate nursing majors increased from 1,117 to 1,379 students this spring. The
College of Nursing also will receive an additional $1,105,921 in
state funding more than twice the amount any other Texas
university will receive for increasing its undergraduate
upper-level nursing student enrollment by 20.1 percent from fall
2001 to fall 2002.
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