September 7, 2011
Fort Wayne, Ind.—Indiana Tech is continuing its growth trend with record numbers for new students this fall and total enrollment increasing 7.4% to an all-time high of 5,437.
The university is welcoming 492 new students for fall 2011 to bring total enrollment in the traditional program at the main campus in Fort Wayne to 1,137, an increase of 10.9% over fall 2010. The previous record for new students was 416 in 1965.
Indiana Tech also expects to serve more than 4,300 students in the College of Professional Studies (CPS) during the 2011-12 academic year through accelerated degree programs at more than a dozen locations and online. The accelerated programs offer multiple start dates throughout the year, so enrollment fluctuates as students begin and complete their degrees at various times.
“Our continued enrollment growth reinforces our belief that today’s students are seeking the type of career-oriented degree programs and personal attention that we are focused on providing,” said Dr. Arthur E. Snyder, Indiana Tech president.
During the past seven years, Indiana Tech has carried out several successful strategic initiatives to become more comprehensive and increase enrollment including the expansion of academic offerings, physical improvements on the main campus, development of extensive online programs, openings of several CPS locations, and addition of new athletic teams. Enrollment in traditional programs has nearly doubled from 633 in fall 2005 to 1,137 this fall. Enrollment in CPS has grown 27% from 3,388 in 2005-06 to a projection of more than 4,300 this year.
“We’ve gotten a lot of praise for the look of our Fort Wayne campus, but our achievements really go much deeper and further than that,” Snyder explained. “We’ve added new degrees in criminal justice, education, and innovative engineering fields, and we’ve expanded the number of students we can reach through online programs and additional CPS locations.
The university’s Ph.D. in Global Leadership also has been successful, growing from 33 students at its August 2009 launch to 86 students this year.
“The cumulative effect of these improvements is the enrollment growth that comes from greater awareness and recognition of the quality education we provide,” Snyder said.
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