University Posts 4202 for Spring Enrollment
Official enrollment for the Spring Semester 2005 at Texas A&M international
University is 4,202, a 3% increase over Spring 2004 enrollment of 4,080.
Semester credit hours (SCH), upon which State funding is based, are
up to 41,614, or 6.8% over last Spring's SCH of 38,954.
Dr. Ray Keck, TAMIU president, said that while the increase in enrollment
is positive, reductions in state student support for Texas Grant and other
student assistance programs have impacted enrollment.
"Last year at this time 78% of our students were receiving financial
assistance through efforts such as Texas Grant and other programs. This
year, with State budget cuts and reduction in support for these programs,
only 68% of students are receiving aid, a 10% reduction and clearly, a
reduction in our student enrollment. While this is disturbing, we are
heartened by the efforts of our state legislative team to address these
shortages in student support," Dr. Keck said.
Keck noted that while mandates like "Closing the Gaps" aim
at getting more students enrolled and graduating from college, this will
not be possible without State support of assistance programs.
"We simply cannot close the gaps at this point. Texas is in danger
of losing its competitive edge in the global market if it does not address
the shortage in funding. Participation in higher education is directly
proportional to the investment we make in helping students to access higher
education," he explained.
He provided additional information on the TAMIU Spring Semester 2005
Undergraduate students number 3,219 or 76.5% of total enrollment population
while graduate students are 23.5% of the student population. Of graduate
students enrolled, 519 hold TAMIU undergraduate degrees.
Full-time students comprise 52% of the Spring enrollment while 48% are
Female students outnumber males 64% to 36% and 91 percent of students
identify themselves as minority, including Hispanic, African-American,
American Indian, Asian and Other. Fifteen U.S. states are included in
the Spring enrollment, while 24 countries are represented in the student
population. International enrollment is at 225 students. The student traveling
the furthest to TAMIU is from Nepal.
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Fall 2005 will begin April 4 with SSI classes starting Monday, June 2.
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