Can’t stop, won’t stop, WSU Tech sees strong enrollment growth for 7th consecutive semester
Wichita, Kansas – Enrollment at WSU Tech is at an all-time high for the 2019 fall semester. This is the 7th consecutive semester the college has seen strong growth in enrollment. As reported by the Kansas Board of Regents; (KBOR), defined full time equivalent (FTE) for WSU Tech (listed as Wichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology) was reported as 2,901 compared to 2,779 in 2018, a 4.2 percent increase.
Actual total headcount at WSU Tech for fall 2019 is 4,920, a gain of 324 students or 7 percent increase over fall 2018. Total student credit hours are 43,525, an increase of 1,834, or 4.4 percent compared to fall 2018.
“WSU Tech continues to focus on delivering a solution to Wichita’s workforce needs,” said Dr. Sheree Utash, President of WSU Tech. “We are being innovative in our approach to recruit students and provide relevant education and credentials in order to meet our industry partners’ needs, which creates more pathways of employment for our graduates.”
WSU Tech attributes the strong enrollment growth to a large increase in overall high school enrollment in both the college’s JumpStart general education program and Excel in CTE, a program where high school students can take technical classes tuition-free thanks to funding from the state of Kansas. In addition, the college saw strong over-all enrollment in manufacturing programs, information technology (IT), aviation maintenance technology (airframe & powerplant) and two new programs that launched fall 2019: alternative fuel maintenance and digital marketing.
WSU Tech is the state’s leader in modern technical education offering over 100 degree and certificate options in aviation, health care, manufacturing, design, information technology, police science and business. In 2018, WSU Tech was named the 2nd fastest growing college among two-year colleges by The Chronicle of Higher Education. WSU Tech serves as managing partner of the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) in Wichita, KS and is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a Kansas Board of Regents institution. For more information, visit www.WSUTECH.edu .