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Enrollment up in public health nutrition, graduate programs

Friday, October 10, 2008

The fall semester began in Human Ecology with 3 new academic programs, 11 new faculty members and more than 200 new freshmen.

This year’s enrollment in the College of Human Ecology is essentially flat. We are down 49 students (a decline of 2.6%) at the undergraduate level bringing our undergraduate enrollment from 1,905 last fall to 1,856 this fall.

Although our total undergraduate enrollment declined, several programs in the college grew--athletic training (up 8%), family and consumer sciences education (up 20%), interior design (up 6%), and public health nutrition (up 28%).

At the graduate level, we increased by 53 students (an increase of 16%). The enrollment increase was primarily at the master’s level in FSHS.

New freshman enrollment in the College of Human Ecology is up by 7 students (to 237) and new transfer enrollment is down by 26 (to 76) from a year ago. Thirty two of the 237 new freshmen in the College of Human Ecology were admitted to the University Honors Program.

New academic programs are:

Online Master of Science in dietetics, sponsored by Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA); Online Master of Science in gerontology, sponsored by Great Plains IDEA, that moved from the School of Family Studies and Human Services to the Center on Aging; Major in Family Studies and Human Services begins at K-State Salina this semester.

K-State is a lead institution with the Great Plains IDEA, a consortium of universities that pull together expert faculty in the same discipline at different universities to mutually offer the courses required for an entire distance degree program. It allows the group of universities to offer programs they wouldn’t have the depth of faculty to offer individually. Other universities are Colorado State University, Iowa State University, Texas Tech University, Michigan State University, University of Missouri, Montana State University, University of Nebraska, North Dakota State University, Oklahoma State University and South Dakota State University.

Meet the new faculty on the Dean's Blog.

This article was posted on Friday, October 10, 2008, and is filed under College News.