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WVU Parkersburg summer enrollment increases 35 percent.
CONTACT: Dr. Joseph Badgley, dean of academic affairs, 304-424-8242.
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Enrollment for summer classes is up 35 percent at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
Classes begin Monday (June 2). College officials note that 1,066 are enrolled in summer courses compared to 786 last summer, according to unofficial figures. It is the fourth largest summer enrollment in the institution's history.
The enrollment jump is attributed to a combination of several factors, said Joe Badgley, dean of academic affairs.
"We believe that a newly-offered program designed as a summer pre-college preparation for first-generation college students has attracted a new audience; an aggressive marketing campaign has had remarkable response, and the area's current economy has resulted in more students choosing to take summer classes at WVU Parkersburg because of our affordability," Badgley said.
Also reflecting an increase is the college's summer full-time equivalent rate which is up by 33 percent. The FTE is a formula which determines the full-time instructional activities in terms that can be compared with headcount enrollment. It is the college's third largest summer FTE.
WVU Parkersburg is offering three summer terms: an eight-week semester and four-week term which begin Monday (June 2) and a second four-week term which starts June 30.
The largest summer enrollment at the Parkersburg campus occurred in 1975 when the former FMC plant closed and 1,755 area residents enrolled in classes.
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