First-day Data Shows UCM on Track for Fourth Consecutive Record Enrollment
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug. 20, 2014) – As the University of Central Missouri began the fall 2014 semester Tuesday, Aug. 19, preliminary data indicates the university is on track for a record student enrollment for the fourth consecutive year.
Although UCM’s official census is Sept. 16, Rick Sluder, vice provost for recruitment and outreach, said there were 12,907 students taking classes at UCM when the semester began. This is a 5 percent increase over the first day of the fall semester in 2013, when enrollment was 12,297.
Sluder said an increase in graduate students is contributing to the overall increase in student numbers. Total enrollment includes 3,369 graduate students, up 35.4 percent over a year.
Many of those graduate students also are coming from other countries. With 1,796 international students taking classes, UCM is on track to set a new record for international student enrollment. On census day 2013, there were 863 international students at UCM, a number that has doubled.
Interest in technology-related courses is contributing to a positive enrollment outlook, particularly at the graduate level.
“We have unprecedented demand for computer science, computer information systems-information technology programs, and industrial management programs,” Sluder said.
“Faculty and academic leaders work hard to serve students in areas where there is high demand,” Sluder added. “UCM has a commitment to do that in any and every area where we can provide high-quality programs.”
He said UCM implemented its Learning to a Greater Degree Contract for student completion in fall 2013, which is designed to help keep students on track toward completion of a degree in four years. The contract includes requirements such as regular class attendance, meeting regularly with academic advisors, and communicating with professors. Sluder believes the contract is having a positive impact on student success and overall enrollment.