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Storey comments on enrollment increase

UMW News Bureau

Spring 2009 enrollment is 1,112, the highest since Montana Western began keeping such statistics. Spring head count enrollment at the University of Montana Western is at the highest level in 10 years, says Chancellor Richard Storey. Overall enrollment for spring 2009 is 1,112 students compared to 1,101 a year ago making it the fourth highest enrollment in school history. Montana Western also saw record enrollments this past fall recording the highest full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment since Montana Western began keeping such statistics.  “The entire campus continues to work on all aspects of enrollment,” says Storey. “We are finding that our unique scheduling of classes, Experience One, is working extremely well for our students. In addition the efforts of our retention committee are helping to make sure more students stay in school and complete their degrees.” Storey says the long-term effects of the recent economic downturn on the university’s enrollment are still unclear. “It appears Montana has not yet felt the significant impact other states have experienced. We are cautiously optimistic that this trend will continue.” “We also believe strongly that higher education is a key component in helping turn the country around. Montana Western offers a wide range of programs for residents who are faced with changing their careers or returning veterans who are pursuing educational opportunities,” says Storey.