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September 2002

Release Date: September 26, 2002

Angelo State Records Increase in Fall Enrollment

Angelo State University reported an enrollment of 6,270 for the fall 2002 semester, an increase of eight students over the 6,262 enrollment reported a year ago, according to figures released by ASU Registrar Mary Ragland.

For the second year in a row, the ASU Graduate School reported a record enrollment. The fall 2002 enrollment was 476, up 10 percent from a year ago.

ASU students this fall are enrolled in 78,109 semester credit hours, compared to 78,342 a year ago. Semester credit hours are a key factor in determining state funding to universities. While the university recorded an overall drop of three tenths of a percent in semester credit hours, the Graduate School recorded an 11.11 percent increase. Since graduate hours are reimbursed at a higher rate by the state than undergraduate hours, the slight overall drop should not affect the university's total state funding.

The enrollment totals by school this fall compared to last fall, along with the percentage changes, are as follows: College of Business and Professional Studies, 1,854, 1,937, -4.28; Graduate School, 476, 433, 9.93; College of Liberal and Fine Arts, 1,426, 1,358, 5.01; College of Sciences, 1,869, 1,851, 0.97; and School of Education, 645, 683, -5.56.

One program that has bucked state and national enrollment trends is the ASU Nursing Department. In an era of statewide and national nursing student declines, ASU Nursing Department Head Dr. Edward L. Russell reported 142 nursing students in ASU's registered nurse program this year, compared to 115 last year, a 23 percent increase.

Advanced nursing programs at ASU also have enrollment increases. Over the last three years, enrollment in the online bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program for registered nurses has increased by more than 55 percent. This fall 73 students are enrolled in the online BSN program, compared to 47 in the fall of 1999. Enrollment in the ASU's master of science in nursing (MSN) program is also at its highest since 1999 when 12 students were enrolled. This fall 14 students are enrolled in MSN courses.

"I think the word is getting out about the high quality of our nursing programs, faculty and curriculum," Russell said. "We are getting students from all over Texas, including Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Lubbock, Corpus Christi. More students ultimately mean more registered nurses for San Angelo."

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