OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (Sept. 20, 2007) – KU Edwards Campus total enrollment increased 12 percent compared to last fall, which is the highest percentage increase in campus history. Graduate enrollment was up 13 percent and undergraduate enrollment posted a 10 percent increase.
The increases can be attributed to the increase of non-traditional students, the majority of the Edwards Campus student population. Throughout the last 20 years, the percentage of older students on campuses has nearly doubled, according to the Eric Digest. In addition, The National Center for Education Statistics projects that non-traditional students will make up 38 percent of the undergraduate student body in 2012.
“People are realizing that a higher education degree will not only boost their skills and credentials, it will provide them with greater opportunities and earning potential,” said Bob Clark, vice chancellor of KU Edwards Campus. “Many must balance work and family responsibilities while earning a degree. Today, universities tailor the programs to support these non-traditional students.”
The rising costs of higher education have caused many students to pursue cost-effective ways to earn degrees. The Edwards Campus has partnered with Johnson County Community College to develop a program where students can begin their undergraduate degree at JCCC and finish at the Edwards Campus. It’s an easier way to allow working adults to earn a KU degree.
Edwards Campus programs that posted record-breaking enrollment increases included the school of Education, Engineering, Journalism and Architectural Management.