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KUEC Begins Spring Semester with Double-Digit Enrollment Growth

March 6th, 2018 -- Hannah Michelle...
KU Edwards Campus enrollment continues its upward trend in the spring 2018 semester, with total student credit hours up 10.4 percent compared to spring 2017.
By Hannah Lemon

KU Edwards Campus enrollment continues its upward trend in the spring 2018 semester, with total student credit hours up 10.4 percent compared to spring 2017.

“The KU Edwards Campus is committed to helping develop a highly skilled talent pool for the Kansas City business community, as well as meeting the diverse needs of our students,” said David Cook, Ph.D., vice chancellor of the KU Edwards Campus. “The growing enrollment across our programs demonstrates KUEC’s responsiveness to changing workforce needs and readiness to meet them.”

Undergraduate enrollment for the semester is up 22 percent, including increases in several of the campus’ long-standing programs. Molecular biosciences saw a 6 percent increase in student credit hours. Psychology increased 18 percent, and public administration increased 23 percent. The undergraduate program in law and society also saw a strong uptick with a 137 percent increase in student credit hours.

KUEC launched three additional fully online programs within the last year. The new programs include a Master of Science in Project Management, a Graduate Certificate in Behavior Analysis and an undergraduate Minor in Healthcare Management. During the first spring semester for these programs, students enrolled in more than 350 credit hours combined.

Other programs experiencing significant growth this semester include the Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology, which nearly tripled its enrollment. Programs receiving funding from the Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT) saw a combined 26 percent increase in enrollment. In addition to the biotechnology program, this includes the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, which increased enrollment 12 percent, the Bachelor of Business Administration, which grew also 12 percent and the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, which saw a 25 percent increase. The entirely online Master of Science in Applied Statistics and Analytics more than doubled its enrollment from a year ago.

The success of these programs continues the KU Edwards Campus’ mission to fill Kansas City’s workforce needs by preparing area talent with valuable, sought-after knowledge and skills.