Student enrollment in the School of Professional Studies at KU Edwards Campus is up for fall 2022

With new and flexible program offerings, KUEC and SPS continue to produce talented graduates to fill growing workforce needs in Kansas City and beyond

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Strong enrollment in programs offered at the KU Edwards Campus continues, and programs offered by the School of Professional Studies (SPS) lead the way with a 32% increase in the number of students enrolled in SPS courses compared to last year. Student credit hours in SPS programs increased 41.7% over the same period.

“We are happy to see continued growth from the programs offered through the School of Professional Studies," said Stuart Day, dean of the Edwards Campus and SPS. "That growth is crucial to fulfilling our goal to meet the needs of professionals in today’s workforce, advance careers, and improve lives with a KU education. I can’t wait to see what these students accomplish over the coming semesters, and the coming years.”

Programs at both the graduate and undergraduate level saw an increase in enrollment. Particularly strong growth in credit hours is seen in the bachelor’s in American Sign Language & Deaf studies (18.4%), bachelor’s in health sciences (60.2%), bachelor’s in information technology (34.7%) and master’s in civil engineering (33.6%) programs. Undergraduate programs in the School of Professional Studies saw an overall growth of 68.6%.

Edwards Campus programs supported by JCERT saw a 2.6% increase in student credit hours from fall 2021 to fall 2022.

“JCERT’s essential support continues to allow us to launch and build important programs that produce top-tier talent for today’s workforce,” said Day. “From project management and engineering management, to IT and health sciences, we are training professionals to meet the growing needs of the community.”

Additional information on Edwards Campus and SPS students:

  • Of the 1,549 students whose academic program is based at the Edwards Campus, 638 are residents of Johnson County, and 267 live in Missouri.
  • 30% of students self-report as BIPOC or non-white. The Johnson County population overall is 13.8% non-white, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • 64% of students work part-time and 36% of students work full-time, according to a recent survey.
  • 54.7% of students are undergraduates and 46.3% are graduate students.

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