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WKU enrollment up for 15th straight year; fall 2012 total at 21,124

For the 15th consecutive year, fall enrollment at WKU is up.

Total enrollment is 21,124, up 76 from fall 2011.

Brian Meredith, associate vice president for Enrollment Management, gave the report at the quarterly meeting of the University’s Board of Regents. WKU saw increases in the number of high school students taking dual credit courses (237), first-time students in the Honors College (137), African-American students (72), Hispanic students (63), non-resident alien students (115) and doctoral students (24).

Dr. Meredith said the profile of the freshman class remains strong with an average ACT score of 22 and high school grade-point average of 3.14.

In the Honors College, the average ACT score of the incoming class is 29 with the high school GPA is 3.85.

WKU President Gary Ransdell praised the work of several offices who helped students struggling with paying tuition stay enrolled.

“We dropped about 900 for non-payment and reinstated 336 after working with them,” Dr. Ransdell said. “In the past we would have lost all of them. This salvaged their academic careers.”

Dr. Meredith said they met with many of the students individually to work out payment options. “That’s no small feat,” he said.

Working with regional school systems to provide dual credit courses “helps engage students in college-level coursework,” Dr. Meredith said. “The outreach strengthens our relationship with the regional schools who work with us to develop the appropriate courses.”

Enrollment at the end of Thursday will be reported to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education as the University’s official enrollment.

In other business, the Board:

  • Approved emeritus faculty appointments for Dr. Karen Schneider (English), Dr. Thad Crews (Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport) and Dr. Gay H. Perkins (Library Public Services).
  • Approved a resolution honoring Dr. Ransdell for serving as WKU’s president for 15 years. (More: 15 Years: 15 Points of Progress)
  • Approved a resolution of appreciation for former board chair James G. Meyer.
  • Approved an amended employment contract with volleyball coach Travis Hudson that extends to 2017.
  • Gave Dr. Ransdell authority to negotiate a land swap with Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. The University is seeking to exchange property at 1415 College St. for the fraternity’s current location at 1586 Normal St.  The property on Normal Street is the proposed location for a future Honors College Building and International Center.

Contact: Brian Meredith, (270) 745-6169.

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