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Interest in STEM-Related Programs Contributes to Record Growth 

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 22, 2014) – Official census data released by the University of Central Missouri indicates fall enrollment has climbed 6.9 percent for 2014, setting a record for the fourth consecutive year. Students are coming to UCM from across the globe to take advantage of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) -related programs, which is contributing to overall growth.

Enrollment statistics were provided to the UCM Board of Governors during a meeting on campus Sept. 19 in the Elliott Student Union. UCM’s fall enrollment has reached 13,379 students, an increase of 866 students over the fall 2013 census. The census was conducted Sept. 16 by the Office of Institutional Research, Strategic Planning and Assessment, and results were shared with the board by Betsy Kreisel, interim vice provost for enrollment management.

“The census gives us a good idea of where we are as far as enrollment trends,” Kreisel said.

She pointed out nearly 150,000 credit hours are generated by enrollment, and that number is expected to increase slightly as the semester moves forward. Students will continue to enroll in half-semester courses and there will be additional enrollment through high school students taking dual credit courses.

According to Kreisel, factors contributing to enrollment growth include a 39.5 percent increase in graduate students, 125.8 percent increase in international students, and an approximate 10 percent increase in active duty military and veteran students and their dependents. A 1.2 percent increase in part-time undergraduate students, 5.1 percent increase in non-resident undergraduate students, and increases in special undergraduate populations such as Asian students, up 6.5 percent, and Hispanic students, increasing 11.3 percent, are contributing to healthy growth and campus diversity.

Kreisel pointed out the large increase in international and graduate students is due to strong interest in programs such as computer science and computer information systems. Such interest is evident in the data pertaining to the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, which is experiencing a 136.3 percent increase in students. Most of the students are taking advantage of educational opportunities at the UCM Summit Center in Lee’s Summit, which has experienced growth, as well.

A year ago, UCM implemented its new Learning to a Greater Degree Contract for student completion, aimed at helping students to stay in school and complete their degrees in four years. University officials believe this is contributing to a 1.25 percent increase in student retention, which impacts overall enrollment growth.

“UCM is carefully focusing our assets on student recruitment, retention and completion.  The Contract for Completion has been the road map that defines our path,” said Deborah Curtis, UCM provost and chief academic officer. “This Census Date Report is evidence that our strategies are working, and that we have some clear indicators on where we need to direct our efforts going forward.  These very positive results this year are the end result of the very hard work of the capable and talented faculty and staff here at UCM that truly care about student success.  We're very proud of this UCM team.”