ASU Jonesboro Spring Enrollment Sets Record

Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) -- The ASU wolf pack is getting bigger.  A record number of students enrolled for the Spring semester.  2009 Spring enrollment is up seven percent from 2008's Spring enrollment.  After leaving the military and making the move to Arkansas, ASU student and teacher Joseph Collier, says he couldn't find a job.

"Various places would look at your application and they would want more education. The experience was there but they wanted the education to go along with it," said Collier.

He says going back to school was his best option.

"I've taken my military experience and I have used it both as a student and a grad student who teaches," said Collier.

"In difficult economic times, higher ed has typically benefited from that," said Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at ASU, Dr. Rick Stripling.

While Dr. Stripling agrees a sluggish economy is bringing some people back to college, he says that's not the only reason ASU is seeing a spike in numbers.

"We've seen a lot of increases in the web courses.  We also have people who are teaching at different instructional sites that are off the campus," said Stripling.

Stripling says aggressive marketing worldwide by the school is also garnering international student growth.  Of the 11, 056 students enrolled at the Jonesboro campus of ASU, around 30 percent are non traditional students. For ASU student Joseph Collier, he says while going back was a little difficult at first, he says he's excited for the opportunities ahead.