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Student enrollment doubles at U of M’s satellite campus

Student enrollment doubles at U of M’s satellite campus

Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 6:00 pm
By: By The Associated Press

The Messenger 08.29.12

JACKSON (AP) — The University of Memphis campus in Jackson has a rapidly growing number of students.
The Lambuth Campus, which is the former Lambuth University, begins the academic year with an enrollment of about 600 students, more than twice as many as last year.
Dan Lattimore, University College dean and vice provost for extended programs, told The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/QJ9TtE) the university expected to have 1,000 students in four years, but he thinks it’s likely that figure will be reached in three years.
Some people are “a little scared of Memphis,” he said. “They shouldn’t be, but they are.”
He pointed out the campus could be a good fit for students who don’t want to go to a large university.
“You have a small college atmosphere with a large university backing,” he said. “And that makes a lot of sense. We can take advantage of a lot of economies of scale by using the administrative structure back in Memphis but still have a small college feel — small classes, good teaching. We won’t have big classes. We don’t have large lecture rooms.”
U of M acquired the satellite campus in the summer of 2011 after 168-year-old Lambuth University financially failed.
Dormitory space is limited, but a building with a capacity of 200 students is being renovated for occupancy next year.
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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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