ASC spring enrollment up


Improved undergraduate retention and more graduate students at Adams State College contributed to an enrollment increase of nearly two percent in the 2009 spring semester, compared to last year, said Adams State Provost, Dr. Michael Mumper.

"We retained almost 6 percent more students from the fall to spring semester than we did last year. So even though our fall undergraduate enrollment was slightly down, our spring enrollment exceeds last year's. We believe this is due to the improved academic profile of our freshman class," Mumper explained.

Last year, 78 percent of fall enrollees continued to the spring semester; this year that figure is 83.7 percent.

Graduate student enrollment is up 5.7 percent, with most of the increase in on-campus programs. Growth was seen Adams State's master's degree programs in education, special education, and history.

Distance education through Adams State's Extended Studies also increased more than five percent in the fall. (Students continue to register through the semester, so spring figures are not yet final.) Extended Studies enrollments in degree programs and professional development courses was 6,808, up from 6,470 in 2007.

Students of Hispanic descent account for almost 31 percent of undergraduates at Adams State. Non-white students comprise more than 40 percent of the undergraduate student body as a whole. Just over 55 percent of undergraduates are female, and slightly more than 44 percent are male.

Adams State enrolls the highest percentage of underrepresented minority students among all four-year institutions in the state, according to a report from Denver's Piton Foundation, which works to improve education and opportunities for those in poverty, (Underrepresented groups include Blacks, Hispanics/Latinos, and American Indians/Alaskan Natives.)

Adams State is federally designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution, qualifying it for significant institutional development grants. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) found Adams State has the third highest Hispanic graduation rate of all 435 AASCU member institutions.

By Julie Waechter