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Drury University has record enrollment for Spring 2010

For Immediate Release: March 3

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 3, 2010 — Drury University has a record spring semester enrollment of 5,485 students. This figure from the recently concluded university census includes adult evening and online programs, graduate classes and the traditional Day School.

Drury’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) set new all-time records for student spring enrollment. CGCS had 3,417 undergraduate students taking 34,217 credit hours. That’s more than 6 percent growth in all CGCS undergraduate classes from fall to spring.

Brian Holloway is the new dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. He says that Drury’s record numbers reflect a nationwide trend, “As we continue to remove barriers to education with more online offerings, we see more people, especially adults, taking that first step up the ladder of higher education. My intention is to help Drury continue its growth with more online and extended offerings.” Holloway began at Drury on Feb. 15. Previously, he was the dean of Graduate Studies at Mountain State University in West Virginia.

Enrollment in undergraduate online courses has grown 8.5 percent over last spring while overall GGCS has grown 5.5 percent over last spring. Online course offerings make up 27 percent of CGCS programming.

This semester, a record 580 students are enrolled in Drury’s graduate programs. Drury CGCS offers master’s degrees in art, business, communication, education, criminal justice and criminology.

Drury’s traditional undergraduate Day School has 1,488 students enrolled for spring 2010. That is the fifth highest spring Day School enrollment of all-time.

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