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Growing student population means more student credit hours in College of Health and Social Services

The 12 months between Sept. 2005 and Sept. 2006 have proven fruitful for New Mexico State University's College of Health and Social Services.

In Sept. 2005, 9,275 upper division student credit hours were offered on the main campus. One year later, the number jumped to 11,192, an increase of 20.7 percent.

Lower division student hours also increased, from 2,285 in Sept. 2005 to 2,534 this year, a 10.9 percent increase.

A third increase was in the number of graduate division student hours, from 2,362 in Sept. 2005 to 2,569 this year. That's an 8.8 percent increase.

"Student hours increased because our college continues to grow," said Jeffrey Brandon, the college's dean. "This means new opportunities, but new challenges as well."

Graduate students continuing their education in the college went up from 160 in Sept. 2005 to 205 in Sept. this year, an increase of 28.1 percent.

Increases were also noted on the undergraduate level, with first-time freshmen, continuing undergraduates and readmitted undergraduates all experiencing a gain between 2 and 2.9 percent.

Brandon attributed the increases to more sections of popular courses being added, six to eight "mini-semester" or eight-week courses that were offered to students who could have lost their financial aid if they had to drop a course, and expanded recruitment efforts, especially in the master of social work at NMSU-Albuquerque program.

Bob Nosbisch
Oct. 12, 2006