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October 3 , 2003
Vol. 28, No. 4

Green chemistry
Minority enrollment increase sets record
Improved student services called key
McAllister to lead Dole Institute as interim director
Shadow dancers
United Way campaign challenges contributors
Financial woes cause Printing Services layoffs
Catholic, Jewish studies professorships established
Grad student stretches talents

Lecture series to bring writers, analysts to KU
AAUP organizes public forum on Patriot Act
Former professor solves royal mystery in Sickly Stuarts
KU joins study of doctoral education

New portable carts provide options for fast food, beverages

Peace Corps renews KU office grant

Faculty receive Higuchi awards
Novelist supports Watkins scholarship

Hispanic heritage celebrated at KU

August employees honored
Engineering hall to be dedicated
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Improved student services called key

Tuition enhancement allocations helped fall 2003 enrollment hit a record high, setting new marks for the number of Kansas residents and retention of first-year undergraduates.


According to 20th-day figures, overall KU enrollment rose 423, or 1.5 percent, to 29,272 students, eclipsing the record set in 1992.


Marlesa Roney, vice provost for student success, said the enrollment figures could be attributed in part to the administration’s dedication to improving student services.


“Enrollment remains strong at KU because our students recognize that a KU degree is still one of the very best values for the money and one of the best investments they can make,” she said. “KU students also recognize that their tuition dollars are being invested in programs that make a difference in their lives and that the university is being a good steward of their money.”


Roney said KU administrators worked with KU students to develop the tuition enhancement model and made a clear commitment to invest the revenue resulting from increased tuition and fees in programs that make a difference to students.


Roney said administrators also have increased the monetary resources available to students.


“Our top priority has been to address financial aid needs,” she said. “We’ve devoted 20 percent of our tuition increase to need-based aid for deserving students. On the Lawrence campus, that’s been a $5.2 million increase over two years, and I think we’re seeing the results in our outstanding enrollment.”


KU drew a record 19,993 Kansas residents, up 500 from last year and once again more than any other university in the state.


The one-year retention rate for returning members of KU’s 2002 freshman class was nearly 82 percent, the best on record.


Enrollment at the KU Medical Center rose 2.8 percent over the previous year to 2,458.


KU’s Edwards Campus also saw growth of 2.5 percent and has seen six consecutive years of record-breaking growth.

Fall 2003: 29,272 students (record)
Increase over 2002: 423 students
Percentage over 2002: 1.5 percent
Previous record: 29,161 (1992)
One-year retention rate: 82 percent
Freshmen enrolled: 4,140
Increase over 2002: 66 students

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