New Freshmen, On Campus and Adult Studies Enrollment Increases
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New freshmen, on campus residents, and adult studies enrollment is up at MidAmerica Nazarene University. According to the 2010 Enrollment Report from MNU’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness, on campus, residential students are up 4.6 %, and new freshmen are up 16.8 % from 2009.
Warren W. Rogers, III, director of admissions at MNU, attributes the increase to improved academic scholarships and the hard work of faculty and staff to identify and recruit students.
“Students are savvy consumers when it comes to education. They want to know that their needs are going to be met and that they are going to be a part of a community. Our faculty and staff have been instrumental in representing how beneficial the MNU experience is for students. In addition to a positive campus experience, some scholarships have been raised and that helped many students.”
Rogers also says the biggest growth geographically is in the Olathe, Johnson County and Kansas City Metro areas which accounts for 40% of the new class. Rogers calls this region “the backyard,” in staff meetings.
“We’re out to own the backyard,” he said. “We intend to do that by educating students and parents on what we offer and how our learning community is constantly improving. The growth in scholarships and other financial aid makes an MNU education affordable and we want everyone to know that.”
Adult studies enrollment is also up by 22% at MNU, largely due to the start of several new programs, including the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration.
Kim Campbell, MNU marketing strategist, says students of all ages recognize that no matter the economy, education remains vital to their success and personal development.
“Students see MNU’s adaptive style of delivering education—such as vibrant undergrad residential programs, adult degree-completion programs, accelerated programs, and graduate programs that provide options for customized degrees—really meets their needs at various stages of life,” she says.
Total enrollment at MNU is 1,766, which is down slightly by 0.7%. But according to retention director, Dennis Troyer, retention rates are up. For example, the retention of freshmen to sophomores this year is 76%, but the sophomore, junior and senior classes were smaller to begin with, thus enrollment in those classes makes the overall total enrollment somewhat lower than 2009.
According to the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), private universities in Kansas had freshman to sophomore retention rates between 44% and 66%, for 2008, the last year published.
“We’ve been steadily increasing our retention rates for the last four years,” Troyer says.
Campbell adds that increases in new students and adult studies indicate another exciting trend at MNU.
“Strategies we’re implementing now are focused on the Kansas City area, so we expect these numbers to grow,” she said.
MidAmerica Nazarene University, founded in 1966, is a private, Christian, liberal arts university offering more than 40 undergraduate degrees and adult degree completion, as well as five professional graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, and counseling, and a post-graduate certificate in play therapy. MNU’s Priority 2015, which outlines initiatives emphasizing enhanced facilities and increased capacity for undergraduate and graduate students, is the guiding structure for current and future developments at the university. The campus is located on 105 acres in Olathe, Kan., and operates a location in Liberty, Mo., for adult and graduate programs. MNU is the home to Bell Cultural Events Center, Olathe’s premiere venue for fine arts performances.
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