February 16, 2001

Contact: Elaine Warren, Edwards Campus, (913) 897-8411

Steady growth marks 12th consecutive record semester for Edwards Campus

OVERLAND PARK -- Twentieth-day fall enrollment figures just released from the Board of Regents show the University of Kansas' Edwards Campus in Overland Park reached another record-breaking semester with 13,868 credit hours, a 3.2 percent increase over last year's spring semester.

Bob Clark, vice chancellor of the Edwards Campus announced this marks the 12th consecutive record semester.

 • Spring 2001 enrollment at University of Kansas news release

"It is evident from our steady increase of credit hours that the Edwards Campus is responsive in offering education that is demanded by Kansas City's workforce," says Clark.

Graduate programs with the greatest enrollment increase from last spring include pharmacy with a 63 percent increase, marketing communications with a 20 percent increase and programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences increased by 14 percent.

The PharmD program was introduced in spring 1999 and has grown significantly from 28 students in spring 1999 to more than 100 students in spring 2001. "We have a high retention rate at 92 percent," says Ron Ragan, PharmD program director. "This can be attributed to the program being completely web-based making it convenient and flexible for working pharmacists."

Tailoring courses for working adults, the Edwards Campus currently offers 18 graduate degree programs. Enrollment has grown from several hundred students in the late 1970s in the original facility at 99th and Mission, to more than 2,000 students a semester on the Edwards Campus, which opened at 126th and Quivira in 1993. Tuition is affordably priced for both Kansas and Missouri residents.


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