SEPTEMBER 20, 2006 - Posted at 7:33 a.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Department of Higher Education says 145,655 students are enrolled in the state's colleges and universities this fall.
The figure represents a 3.3 percent increase from 2005 and a 14.6 increase from 2002. The number identifies full-time equivalent students.
Department of Higher Education Director Linda Beene says the state has seen increases in graduation rates as well as enrollment. Beene says more college students graduating will help the state economy.
Fall 2006 preliminary enrollment at Region 8's public universities:
-Arkansas State University (Jonesboro) - 11,001 (up 5.6 percent)
-Arkansas Northeastern College (Blytheville) - 1,806 (down 1.3 percent)
-ASU-Beebe - 4,064 (up 2.2 percent)
-ASU-Mountain Home - 1,182 (down 3 percent)
-ASU-Newport - 1,070 (down 1.7 percent)
-Black River Technical College (Pocahontas) - 1,918 (up 12.4 percent)
-East Arkansas Community College (Forrest City) - 1,525 (up 3.2 percent)
-Mid-South Community College (West Memphis) - 1,587 (up 8.5 percent)
-Ozarka College (Melbourne) - 1,069 (up 1.4 percent)
-Univ. of Arkansas Community College at Batesville - 1,292 (down 7.5 percent)
Fall 2006 enrollment at Region 8's private colleges:
-Crowley's Ridge College (Paragould) - 169 (down 1.2 percent)
-Harding University (Searcy) - 6,086 (up 6 percent)
-Williams Baptist College (Walnut Ridge) - 619 (up 1 percent).