WICHITA, Kan. — Recent data show that fall enrollment figures have increased among technical colleges in Kansas but have decreased for most state universities and community colleges.

All six state universities and the state’s community and technical colleges reported their enrollment data to the Kansas Board of Regents after the 20th day of classes, the Wichita Eagle reported .

“Fall enrollment numbers are showing mixed results across our system,” said Blake Flanders, president and CEO of the board.

The board said that average enrollment among the state universities declined slightly from last year. Half of the universities saw an individual increase. Wichita State University’s increase was the highest at 4.2 percent.

“Our efforts are bearing fruit in recruiting high school seniors, underrepresented minorities, students from the I-35 corridor beyond Kansas and online learners,” said John Bardo, president of Wichita State. “Our journey continues with an additional focus on improving retention and degree completion.”

Kansas community colleges saw a 2 percent enrollment decrease.

Technical colleges saw an increase of more than 12 percent. Wichita Area Technical College saw an individual increase of more than 18 percent from last year. The school reported record numbers last fall as well.

“We’re very excited about that,” said Sheree Utash, president of the technical school. “We have a definite need in the city of Wichita for a very proficient, skilled technical workforce.”


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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