Freshmen Enrollment Up at Southeast’s Regional Campuses

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 10, 2008 – Southeast Missouri State University’s regional campuses in Kennett, Malden and Sikeston, Mo., are enjoying increased freshmen enrollment as fall semester classes get under way.

Freshmen enrollment at the three regional campuses is up by double digits according to a first-day enrollment report, said Dr. Randy Shaw, assistant provost of extended learning and dean of the School of Polytechnic Studies. In addition, he says both credit hour production and full-time equivalency are up over five percent at the three campuses.

Fall semester classes began Aug. 25.

“Our enrollment is up about 15 percent,” said Dr. Rick Hux, director of Southeast Missouri State University-Malden. “We are excited and happy to have this many new students here at the Malden campus. I believe that this increase is due to the high cost of fuel and commuting to other campuses, the fact that our course rates are similar to community college rates and that students can receive transferable university level credit in a location close to their hometown.”

Casey Tuttleton of Malden, Mo., said she chose to attend Southeast at Malden because, “financially, it was the best way for me to go,” she said. “I also knew most of my friends would be here.”

Tuttleton, a 2008 graduate of Malden High School, said, “The teachers are really nice. It’s gone very well so far.”

Judy Buck, director of Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston, said the Sikeston campus has experienced continued growth since it opened in January 1998.

“The steady growth in enrollment proves that there was and continues to be a need to provide higher education opportunities to individuals in the outlying service area of Southeast – the Bootheel.” Buck said.

“The Sikeston campus is proof of what can be accomplished when we work together for the good of our children, residents and our communities,” she said. “As Southeast continues to add new degree completion programs at our regional campuses, the University’s commitment to meeting the needs of students in the outlying region is apparent.”

Bracole Mills of Sikeston is one such student. She is a freshman elementary education major attending the Sikeston campus this fall with the assistance of the Missouri Minority Teaching Scholarship, the MAP Textbook Scholarship, the Sikeston Rotary Club Scholarship, the Sikeston Lion’s Club Scholarship and the Daughters of Sunset Scholarship.

Mills says she also wanted to stay close to home.

“I wasn’t ready to move out,” she said, adding staying at home allows her to continue her employment with two jobs she holds in Sikeston.

Marsha Blanchard, director of Southeast Missouri State University-Kennett, says enrollment growth at the Kennett campus can be attributed to both students who want to attend the local University campus and many others who are interested in completing bachelor’s degrees.

“Our class schedule is designed with day, evening and night classes for convenience and flexibility for our students, which allows us to maximize the use of our facility,” she said.

Jordan Wiseman, a freshman attending at the Kennett campus this fall, says, “Southeast-Kennett is very convenient due to the fact it is close to home. I also prefer the small class sizes, and the professors are great.”

Samantha Horton, also a freshman, says she chose the Kennett campus because they accept the A+ Scholarship.

“I also like that it is small,” she said. “I don’t know how I would do in a larger class size. It is also very convenient to attend school right here in my hometown.”

Ashley Street, another freshman attending at Kennett, agreed, saying she enjoys being “near my family and friends.”