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McPherson College Enrollment Increases, Includes First Graduate Students

posted Sep 21, 2012 in ACADEMICS

McPherson College has an exciting new statistic among its annual enrollment numbers – graduate students.

The college's official numbers for fall 2012 enrollment were released Friday, and full-time enrollment was at 599 students, a 2.4 percent increase compared to last year. There are also 33 part time students enrolled and, for the first time, 12 students enrolled in graduate courses in teaching. This brings total headcount to 644, a 3.9 percent increase compared to last year, and a total full-time equivalent enrollment of 653, a 2.5 percent increase.

Among the drivers of the increased enrollment was a large recruiting class of new freshmen and transfer students – 246 compared to 211 the previous year, for an increase of 16.5 percent.

The graduate-level classes are designed to form the accreditation basis for a planned master's degree in teaching at McPherson College. It would be the first graduate degree offered by the college.

Dr. Mark Malaby, director of the graduate courses in education and associate professor of education, said the courses fit within the college's entrepreneurial focus and are designed to assist the MC students in developing a new program or initiative that creates a real-world, positive, and substantial change in classrooms.

"We're excited to have this first group of graduate-level teaching students," Dr. Malaby said. "These people are passionate about their careers, and they want to make a difference in students' lives. Starting to work with these great people on finding innovative solutions is everything we hoped it would be."

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