More Students Taking Classes at Local Colleges

More Students Taking Classes at Local Colleges

Indiana Tech is one of several local universities reporting increased enrollment this fall.<br><br>They say it's a sign the economy is improving.
Indiana Tech is one of several local universities reporting increased enrollment this fall.

They say it's a sign the economy is improving.

Not just Indiana Tech, but also Manchester University, which has its largest enrollment in decades.

Compare this to other schools, like IPFW, where they said this week enrollment is down.

"I was just glad to get in," says student Carmen Whitlock.

Whitlock and her friends make up the inaugural College of Pharmacy class at Manchester University.

School officials say the new program is one reason enrollment is up 50 students this year.

"We expect between 250 to 260 students here, which will be a real boost to the enrollment for Manchester University," Manchester University College of Pharmacy Dean Dave McFadden says.

At Indiana Tech, they're also seeing increased enrollment- from about 5500 to over 7000 for the fall.

Two thousand attend the main Fort Wayne campus, the rest at fourteen campuses across the state, and online.

"For us, I think what's driving our overall growth is the fact that our programs are all career-oriented," says Indiana Tech President Dr. Arthur Snyder.

Officials with IPFW said this week their enrollment is down nearly four percent.

"I think that IPFW and our other state schools, they have very large enrollments, much larger than ours. So when they move downward a few percent, it's really negligible, it's not that big of a deal," Dr. Snyder says.

McFadden says building the program in Fort Wayne, rather than an hour away on the main campus works.

"By the time we are fully staffed, with faculty and staff, we will add about five and a half million dollars to payroll in the local economy, in the region," McFadden says.

And the students say it all works for them.

Dr. Snyder told WFFT today they've been expecting this kind of growth at Indiana Tech.

In 2013, he says they will start construction on a 60,000 square foot academic center to house new programs and extra students.
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