High Degree More Graduate Students Pick Southwest Missouri

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Increasing demand for people with advanced education is boosting the graduate student enrollment at Southwest Missouri State University, with nearly 22 percent more graduate students than last year.

Adding to the surge are efforts by the university to make it easier to get advanced degrees: more night courses, an easier registration process and scattered class sites.

"The students speak with their feet, and they are coming in to further their education," said Frank Einhellig, dean of the Graduate College. "As your enrollment grows, it proves that there is a need." When the final fall numbers are tallied later this month, officials expect to see graduate students total about 2,075, accounting for about one in every eight students. Since 1988, graduate enrollment has grown by more than 60 percent. The university offers 30 programs, and about 10 more programs have either been approved or are in the process of being reviewed to start in the next two years. …