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February 20th, 2009
Texas State sets record spring enrollment


Texas State reported a record spring enrollment to the Texas State University System Board of Regents during their Feb. 19 meeting.

Admissions data indicated a 3.9 percent increase over the previous spring semester.

The university registered 27,509 students for spring classes. The university made gains in minority students, with the Hispanic student body increasing to 23 percent from 22 percent in 2008 and the African-American student population increasing to six percent from five percent of the total. Anglo students fell to 68 percent of the overall student body, down from 70 percent a year ago.

“The primary reasons for the increase in our spring enrollment were the record freshman and transfer classes that enrolled last fall, and an increase in the retention rate,” said Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing Michael Heintze.

Graduate enrollment increased, as well, with an 8.9 percent rise from spring 2008 to spring 2009.

Regents also granted Texas State’s request to change the name of the Department of Technology to the Department of Engineering Technology. University officials said the new name better reflects the changing scope and mission of the department and highlights the new Ingram School of Engineering.

The Texas State University System is governed by a nine-member Board of Regents appointed by the Governor. In addition, a nonvoting student regent is appointed annually to the Board. The administration, which is headed by a board-appointed chancellor, is based in Austin.

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