Upward Enrollment Trend Continues at Southeast for Spring 2015

CL-GeneralCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 22, 2015 – Following two decades of steady growth and 14 years of record-breaking enrollment as reported last fall, Southeast Missouri State University announces its first-day spring 2015 enrollment figures which continue that upward trend.

Total first–day spring 2015 semester enrollment is up 1.9 percent at Southeast Missouri State University, according to a preliminary enrollment report compiled after the first full day of classes of the spring 2015 semester.

Combined undergraduate and graduate student headcount is 10,858, up from 10,656 at this time last year. Southeast currently has 9,661undergraduate and 1,197 graduate students enrolled. Spring 2015 semester classes began at Southeast Jan. 20.

Key to the first-day report is high school enrollment which currently stands at 576, up 24.4 percent from this time last year. University officials attribute the increase to a new initiative launched in fall 2013. The new program is helping high school students prepare for college by making dual credit courses available online. The new effort has expanded the array of Southeast’s dual credit offerings and is making them available to high school students regardless of the size of their school district. University faculty and high school teachers are collaborating to teach the courses, and more high school students are taking the opportunity to get an early start on the rigors of college.

This spring Southeast is offering dual credit courses either online or face-to-face in 42 schools in the service region.

“I believe these numbers reflect a significant achievement in making postsecondary education more accessible and more affordable to young people who are still in their high school years,” said Dr. Gerald McDougall, associate provost for Online and Extended Learning. “Today, we are able to deliver dual credit courses to over 40 schools through a combination of online delivery and traditional face-to-face delivery. This is allowing many students in the rural areas of the University’s service region with access to coursework they otherwise would not have.”

Dr. Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success, said the expansion of dual credit offerings is providing hundreds of students with a jump start on their college education.

“The state of Missouri has established a goal to substantially increase the number of adults who have earned a college degree. The expansion of dual credit offerings is one of the components of the university’s commitment to improving college attendance and completion rates in this region.”

In addition to dual credit students, the first-day census report shows international student headcount at 1,054, up from 968 at this time last year.

The official census report will be issued in four weeks.