September 10, 1999
MEDIA CONTACT: Cassie McVeety, 360/546/9601, mcveety@vancouver.wsu.edu
STORY SOURCE: Nancy Youlden, 360/546-9571, youlden@vancouver.wsu.edu
WSU VANCOUVER CONTINUES TO GROW IN ITS 10TH YEAR
        VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Washington State University at Vancouver celebrates its 10th academic year with continued growth. At the start of fall semester classes, the full-time equivalent or FTE enrollment was 1,023 -- a 4 percent increase over last fall's FTE of 983 and the first time in WSU Vancouver history that it has topped the 1,000 mark.
        An FTE represents one undergraduate student enrolled in 15 semester credits or one graduate student enrolled in 10 credits.
        The latest figures show a total headcount enrollment of 1,545, slightly more than last fall's head count of 1,514.
        "We fully anticipated a modest growth rate this year," noted Nancy Youlden, director of student services. Youlden said that a strong regional economy is a factor in trends slowing higher education enrollments. "Typically with low unemployment, enrollment at colleges and universities drops. We believe that part of our slower growth may be due to the very low unemployment and strong economy that Clark County and the region currently enjoy."
        Interestingly, notes Youlden, student activities are thriving on the non-residential campus. New programs sponsored by the Associated Students of WSU Vancouver (ASWSUV) this fall include an outdoor recreation program and nearly 35 clubs, groups and activities for students.
        "We have seen a real increase in student life in the last several years, which I think is due to a larger percentage of our students coming to us directly from community colleges and looking for that traditional college atmosphere," Youlden said.
        WSU Vancouver is one of four campuses within the WSU system, and provides junior-, senior- and graduate-level courses within 13 bachelor's and seven master's degrees. The campus is located on 351 acres seven miles north of the Vancouver-Portland metropolitan area.
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