Declining enrollment for public colleges, universities in Kansas

Enrollment at public higher education institutions in Kansas declined by more than 1,000 in the current fall semester, with two-year community colleges and three universities absorbing losses, officials said Monday.

Statistics released by the Kansas Board of Regents for the first time chronicled fall 2018 enrollment based on fulltime equivalency rather than a headcount of all students.

The change reflected a belief that full-time equivalency (FTE) better captured influence of part-time students at universities, community colleges and technical schools governed by the state board.

“While enrollment results this year are mixed, the board continues to look at ways we can help more Kansans advance their education beyond high school,” said Bruce Flanders, the board’s president.

Overall, FTE enrollment at the six state universities increased 0.1 percent, or 95 students, compared to the tally in fall 2017.


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