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William Jessup breaks enrollment record fifth year running

By: Staff Report
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Enrollment is on a roll at William Jessup University where, after 78 years, more students have signed up for class in 2017 than ever before. According to a news release from the university, 1,500 students started class Aug. 21, up from last year’s 1,480 and 1,161 in 2015.

While most of these students are from Northern California, some are coming from the other side of the world: China, India and South Korea, according to the release.

Guy Adams, Jessup’s chief enrollment officer, said many students outside a 300-mile radius come from places like Reno, Seattle, Southern California’s Inland Empire and southern Oregon.

He also said much of the university’s growth is due to graduate students. Of the fall 2017 enrollment, 275 are graduate students. According to the news release, Jessup’s graduate programs have seen a 78-percent increase since the establishment of a graduate degree in teaching three years ago.

“The traditional, on-campus undergraduate population is pretty flat,” Adams said, adding that adult programs have also contributed to the school’s overall growth.

The school recently added a fifth master’s degree program – counseling psychology – and plans to add another in 2018: a master’s of arts in leadership with an emphasis in sports administration.

When asked how the university is preparing itself for future growth, Adams said the school plans to continue expanding programs that reflect the market needs and the school’s mission. It also plans to add more online courses and potentially offer certificates for programs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree but could lead to one.

Structurally, the school is looking into expanding classrooms, offices and student support facilities.

“There’s a pretty robust facility needs assessment process going on right now,” Adams said.

Though Warwick University’s incoming graduate campus may provide some competition for students, Adams said it’s too early to tell but he’s not expecting Warwick to be a strong competitor.

“Competition can be good, actually,” he said. “Students will make decisions based on what kind of experience they want to have, and the fit for the student is the most important thing. If another institution is a better fit for them and supports their goals, it’s probably in their best interest.”