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Drury University’s fall census reveals record enrollment

For Immediate Release: October 9

Mark Miller
Director of Media Relations
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 9, 2009 — Drury University has a record enrollment of 5,519 students for fall semester 2009 following the census of the school’s multiple campuses and online programs. This figure includes adult evening and online programs, graduate classes and the traditional Day School.

Drury’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies set new all-time records for student enrollment. CGCS has 3,443 undergraduate students taking 33,931 credit hours. That’s 14 percent growth in all CGCS undergraduate classes from fall 2008 to fall 2009. Besides the main campus in Springfield, CGCS offers courses through nine locations across southwest Missouri in addition to online classes.

“These numbers reflect the broad range of educational options we provide at Drury,” says Drury President Todd Parnell. “By combining a traditional undergraduate experience with adult evening programs along with a growing online presence, Drury continues to achieve record enrollment.”

Enrollment in online courses has grown 23 percent over fall 2008. Online course offerings now make up 26 percent of CGCS programming with 11 degrees that can be completed entirely online. This semester, Drury’s online education department added a component called Second Life. Online faculty members have used the virtual world for years, but now students can view lectures and presentations in Second Life without ever leaving home. Students create an avatar; a virtual version of themselves, that avatar exists in Second Life and can interact with other students and faculty members. Four classes will be taught in Second Life during the second half of the fall semester.

This semester, 526 students are enrolled in Drury’s five graduate programs. Drury CGCS offers master’s degrees in art, business, communication, criminal justice, criminology and education.

Drury’s traditional undergraduate Day School has 1,550 students enrolled for fall 2009. That’s a growth of 59 students from the spring semester and reflects the sixth highest Day School enrollment in Drury’s 136-year history.


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