- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- The Tungsten Groove to release first album featuring original songs (11/17/17)
- Son of Westboro Baptist Church patriarch discusses abuse, faith (11/15/17)6
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
It's good to see Southeast Missouri State University students back in Cape Girardeau. This year we'll see even more students as the university's enrollment has increased for the 18th consecutive year, a remarkable achievement.
Enrollment for the first day of classes last week was 11,132, which includes undergraduate and graduate students. According to the university, enrollment is usually up from first day figures at the four-week census. Should that trend continue, the university could be looking at its largest student body. Compared to other public universities around the state, Southeast could also see the second-highest percentage increase for a second straight year.
Several areas of study are contributing to the enrollment expansion, including the departments of Nursing, Agriculture and Theatre and Dance. These disciplines have seen respective enrollments increase 115 percent, 131 percent and 274 percent over that last decade. Progress is also being made in recruiting internal students and growing the online learning environment.
Southeast Missouri State University plays an seminal role in our community, state and in the lives of countless students. It's important that students receive the necessary training to compete in today's economy. The enrollment increase is but one factor that suggests the university is doing a good job in its efforts to help meet this need.