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Wichita State Enrollment to be Down This Year

Associated Press - August 17, 2015 5:27 pm

A spelling mistake on a water tower in Wichita that drew national attention and a lot of laughs has been corrected.

Wichita State University president John Bardo says the school has to improve its enrollment efforts.

The Wichita Eagle reports a report issued last week showed the university would have about 430 fewer students this fall than last year. The university has had about 15,000 for several years.

During a convocation Friday, Bardo said the university must concentrate on enrolling and retaining students, particularly graduate students.

University data show applications to Wichita State increased 63 percent to 10,056 from 2013 to 2014. Admissions also increased for undergraduates. But those increases haven’t led to a larger overall number of students being enrolled.

Bardo has repeatedly said he wants the university to have about 22,000 students. He says the university has to change its culture from maintaining stability to enrollment and growth.