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FSU enrollment up to 446 students

November 11, 1998

Enrollment at Frostburg State University's Hagerstown Center has increased, with the fall semester total reaching an all-time high of 446 students.

"We continue to be pleased at having increases at this point in time because colleges usually decline in enrollments when the job market is good, as it is now," said James Shaw, FSU Hagerstown Center director.

Shaw attributed the increase to two factors: a general feeling among both employers and employees that a college degree is becoming more important, and to the center's ability to offer more degree programs.

Frostburg's master of education program has expanded from a single elementary curriculum and instruction, to six, with secondary curriculum and instruction, educational technology, administration and supervision, reading, and an interdisciplinary program added.

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Shaw said he expects enrollment to continue to grow as the center adds programs.

The Weekend College, offered in conjunction with Hagerstown Community College, offers another opportunity for growth, especially among commuters and other older students who are employed full time.

Established in downtown Hagerstown in 1988, the center offers junior- and senior-level courses and undergraduate degrees in accounting, business administration, justice studies/criminal justice and sociology, in addition to graduate degrees in education and business.

Registration for the spring semester is open at the center's offices at 20 Public Square. One-stop quick admit advising and registration is available from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays. Appointments with faculty advisers can be made by calling 301-791-4020.

The Frostburg Center is working closely with other University System of Maryland institutions, several of which now offer courses and programs in Hagerstown at the Frostburg Center.

This fall, the center is hosting a master of social work degree program from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Some 19 students are enrolled. The University of Maryland School of Nursing enrolls about 26 students in its program at the center.

Frostburg, Hagerstown Community College and the University of Baltimore have entered into an agreement to offer UB's criminal justice program in Hagerstown, with courses offered at both local institutions. UB will offer "Probation and Parole" at the Frostburg Center in the spring semester.

Enrollments in programs offered by Frostburg continue to show strongest growth in graduate offerings, where 246 are enrolled, 184 of them in the MBA program, officials said. A slight decrease in undergraduate enrollment to 155 follows several years of a statewide decline in the number of students transferring from two-year to four-year colleges.

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