SPOKANE, Wash. — Enrollment for the fall 2003 semester at Washington State University Spokane is holding steady, with continued strength in the health sciences and design disciplines, as well as education.


The campus exceeded its target enrollment of 593 full-time equivalent students by reaching 657 FTE (842 headcount). Programs showing especially strong growth included the master’s in health policy and administration, post-master’s school psychology certification and educational administration.


Interim Chancellor Rom Markin noted that opportunities for program development will anchor enrollment growth in future years.


“We’ve proposed doctoral degrees in design, audiology and education that will serve those professions well and are working on a proposal for a health policy doctorate, as well. Spokane needs more doctoral degrees to complete the continuum of educational options here, and these degrees build on our base of excellent programs at the graduate level. We’re exploring other doctoral degrees as well as bachelor’s completion and graduate programs.”


Markin pointed out that more than half the enrollment — 350 of the campus’s 657 FTE — falls in the health sciences, including graduate and professional studies in nutrition, exercise science, health policy and administration, speech and hearing science, and pharmacy. “Our critical mass in health sciences will anchor the medical research alliance we’re forming, at the same time we serve the needs of the health care sector that anchors Spokane’s economy,” he said.


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