Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Incentives pay off at Texas A&M-Kingsville as summer school enrollment increases

KINGSVILLE - July 22, 2014

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Summer enrollment at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is at the highest it has been in more than a decade, thanks to a large increase in the number of graduate students taking summer classes.

In an effort to entice more graduate students, the university gave the College of Graduate Studies, led by Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahman, associate vice president for research and dean of graduate studies, a one-time award of $100,000 to be used for summer scholarships. They also offered free on-campus housing for summer 2014 graduate students.

“Because of the incentives, we have seen a large increase in students, especially in the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering,” said Dr. Steven Tallant, university president. “By providing encouragement to our graduate students, they can complete the program and get into the job market sooner.”

Because of a new way to tabulate summer school enrollment required by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, university officials now add three sessions together for one summer school figure that includes summer I and II and the spring intersession that is held between the end of the spring semester and the beginning of the first summer session.

When adding the same sessions together for 2013, A&M-Kingsville reports a 21 percent increase. The total for 2014 is 3,227, 21 percent higher than the previous summer’s total of 2,666.

The biggest jump comes in the master’s level classes in the Dotterweich College of Engineering, showing almost a 174 percent increase over 2013. Engineering also posts the highest increase in undergraduate enrollment with a nearly 20 percent rise.

Within the graduate selections in the College of Engineering, environmental engineering shows a 500 percent increase in enrollment with mechanical at a 337 percent increase and computer science up nearly 239 percent. Industrial, civil and electrical engineering all show increases of well over 100 percent.

At the undergraduate level, natural gas engineering shows an increase of more than 157 percent.

Because of the increase in enrollment, more faculty members were called upon to teach classes this summer. “We have dedicated faculty that are willing to work with the students even in the summer,” Abdelrahman said. 

Many of the graduate students in Kingsville this summer in the College of Engineering are international students, with the great majority of them coming from India. Abdelrahman said the Indian students have formed a community here. “They have a support system here and our student affairs division has helped to create an environment where they feel comfortable. They take care of each other and spread the word about Texas A&M-Kingsville,” he said.

-TAMUK-


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