ASU-Jonesboro sees record enrollment

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"What we see is very good--it's very positive," said Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at ASU, Rick Stripling.

What they're seeing at ASU are record enrollment numbers. School officials say 2010 spring enrollment is 12,411--up more than 12 percent from the same time last year.

"typically, higher ed has seen an increase in enrollment during downturns of the economy, unemployment," said Stripling.

Stripling says they're seeing significant increases in international students, students in graduate programs, and students taking online courses.  Stripling says that enhances the  school's ability to expand.

"It has less restrictions than you would right on the heart of the campus where you get into classroom limitations, parking access--those kinds of things," said Stripling.

"I knew we had growth, I knew the numbers were going to be good," said Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Don Maness.

In fact, the College of Education  has the highest enrollment with just over 32 hundred students.

"Our exercise science program, our early childhood program, and our mid level program all showed growth at the undergraduate level," said Maness.

Dr.  Maness says at the graduate level they're seeing an increase in those taking classes online....taking the programs to the students.

"I think that has really enhanced our ability to enroll more students in our distance education programs," said Maness.

With students in the classroom and online, Dr Stripling says it's important to offer resources they need and want , not only to get them to ASU, but to keep them too.

ASU now begins to be more global and so people are looking at us from around the world as a point of destination for an education," said Dr. Stripling.

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