HAYS, KS -- Final enrollment figures for the fall semester 2000 change a negative into a positive for Fort Hays State University.
The new report from Interim Registrar Dr. Diane Pfeifer shows a total headcount for the fall 2000 semester of 5,784, a 1-percent increase over the final enrollment of 5,716 in the fall of 1999.
The 20th-day count in September 2000 showed a decrease of a half of a percentage point, or 27 students, from 1999. The 20th day of enrollment is the official enrollment day observed by the Kansas Board of Regents for each of its six universities.
The final enrollment report is required after the end of each semester. It includes what is called supplemental enrollment, students who enroll after the 20th day. While the 20th-day enrollment numbers are important as a standard measure for the Regent system, they are somewhat misleading for FHSU because of its Virtual College.
By its nature, the Virtual College offers courses at locations and times that are most convenient for the people it serves. Students continue to enroll throughout the semester as new courses are offered.
The final headcount in the Virtual College was 1,166 for fall 2000, an increase of 156 from the fall of 1999. The 20th-day enrollment figures showed a headcount of 934 in the Virtual College.
Headcount is just one way to measure enrollment. Another measurement is student credit hours, which is the total number of hours taken by all students during the semester. The Board of Regents uses student credit hours for the full calendar year to adjust the budgets of its regional universities.
The fall 2000 student credit-hour total of 64,333 compares to 64,043 in fall 1999, an increase of 290 credit hours, or almost a half a percentage point. The 20th-day numbers showed a total of 63,687 credit hours.
In the Virtual College, the final total for credit hours was 7,463, an increase of 1,298 over the fall of 1999. In the 20th day report, the Virtual College credit-hour count stood at 7,020.