Park Records Largest Percentage of Fall Semester Growth Since 2003

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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Enrollment data has been reported for Park University’s 2017 Fall II term and there is more good news to share concerning Park’s historic fall semester: the enrollment growth trend has continued.

With a 3.4 percent increase in credit hours for Fall II 2017 year-over-year — and, after combining it with Park's extraordinary Fall I results — the University has experienced the largest percentage of year-over-year credit hour growth for the fall semester since 2003.

“Starting the fiscal year with two consecutive terms of growth is very rewarding,” said Shane Smeed, vice president and chief operating officer. “We often talk about ‘staying the course’ as it relates to maintaining our positive momentum. Park’s Fall II results confirm that this momentum is not a random occurrence; it is the result of directing our energy toward the right things.”

Among those “right things” is Park’s continued focus on meeting the unique needs of military students, which has resulted in an 8.2 percent increase in military credit hours for the Fall II term.

“Park University has a long history of serving those who serve,” noted Kena Wolf, associate vice president for campus center operations. “We understand the unique demands on active duty, guard and reserve service members and their families. It is an honor to provide them access to an education that meets their needs.”

In addition, serving nontraditional students is core to Park’s mission. By providing convenient options for adult learners at Park’s nationwide campus center locations, the University continues to broaden access to education while establishing a reputation as one of the most adult-friendly institutions in the country. With a ranking of No. 4 in the nation on Washington Monthly’s esteemed “Best Four-Year Colleges for Adult Learners” list, and three times the number of businesses participating in Park’s Access to Education program (from seven in 2016 to 22 in 2017), career-focused professionals are taking notice of Park’s accessibility, convenient course schedules and in-demand degree programs.

“Because we remain committed to the success of every student,” said Park University President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., “we are seeing continued growth in multiple student populations. This can be attributed to the quality of education that we provide and it is also a testament to the hard work of everyone who acts as an ambassador and advocate for our University. We have good stories to tell, we’re telling them well and the word is spreading. I am extremely proud of all we have accomplished this semester and look forward to more reasons to celebrate in Spring 2018. ”