LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – For the first time in nearly 20 years, and the second time in Texas Tech's history, there are more then 10,000 students on the university's campus for summer school sessions.
It's a mile marker the university says is a sign of good things to come ahead in the fall. "I think summer enrollment says as much as anything about where we are going as an institution," says TTU President Guy Bailey.
The numbers also address how the university is growing. For 2010 summer sessions, 10,317 students will walk into Tech classrooms, an increase in both undergraduate and graduate students for summer enrollment. "It says we are a university of choice, and we are increasingly the first choice for students around the state of Texas. We are extremely pleased," says Bailey.
Overall enrollment increased 7.5 percent, while graduate enrollment rose 16.6 percent. Graduate and professional students now make up a little more than 30 percent of the total number of students. Increasing their presence on campus helps position the university to reach Tier 1 status. "Those graduate students are crucial to where we are going with our research. They man the labs on campus and assist in teaching classes they are a real key to where we want to go," adds Bailey.
Looking down the road, Texas Tech hopes to reach a total enrollment of 40,000 students with 25 percent at the graduate level. "The best indication of fall enrollment is what happens in the previous summer and spring. We've had record enrollment in the spring and summer so it looks pretty good," Bailey said.
With the expected growth President Bailey says school leaders will have to keep a close eye on the budget. One way to reduce education costs is to graduate on time or early and taking summer courses helps many students accomplish that goal.
Summer enrollment at Lubbock Christian University and South Plains College are up compared to last summer's numbers.
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