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Shepherd's enrollment rises by 1.6%

October 24, 2008

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd University's enrollment has increased by 1.6 percent over last year's enrollment to a credit head count of 4,185 students, the university announced Thursday.

The full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment also increased by 1.6 percent to 3,568. FTE is defined as the total number of credit hours divided by 15 for undergraduate and 12 for graduate and is the measure used in higher education.

Kimberly Scranage, vice president of enrollment management, said in a news release, "this growth in uncertain economics times speaks to the quality of Shepherd's programs, faculty, staff and administration.

"Shepherd will continue to expand its offerings through partnerships with regional community colleges, graduate programs and continuing education opportunities. Shepherd is considering ways to enhance outreach to working adults and students with family responsibilities by increasing convenience and affordability," she said.

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Recent initiatives include a collaboration with Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg, W.Va., to help students transition from an associate's degree to a bachelor's degree.

Shepherd also has collaborated with Hagerstown Community College, adding a 2+2 articulation leading to the bachelor of science computer information systems, with a computer science concentration, according to the release.

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