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Reinhardt Achieves Largest Student Enrollment In Its History and Welcomes Students to New Graduate Program


New Student Induction
Students sign the Honor Pledge at the College's annual New Student Induction.

Enrollment numbers at Reinhardt College have reached a record high. This fall the College achieved the largest student enrollment in its 126-year history and welcomed the inaugural class of its highly-anticipated Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program.

A Successful Effort
For the 2009-10 academic year, the College welcomed more than 1,130 students to its main campus in Waleska, Ga., and three extended sites in Alpharetta, Epworth and Cartersville. This is a 7.5 percent increase from last year's enrollment of 1,051.

"This has been a successful effort for all of us, and I am very grateful to the many people who have worked very hard with great commitment to the College to make this happen," said Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood, president. "Especially during these difficult financial times, students and parents appreciate the College's focus on academic challenge and individual attention on an inviting campus of great beauty and warmth."

Enrollment Analysis
A further analysis of total enrollment reveals details about the College's positive growth. The Waleska campus has 959 students enrolled, compared to 960 students this time last year. One hundred and nine of those main campus students are enrolled in the WAIT (Working Adults Into Teaching) program. The College's graduate student population is 68-compared to 26 graduate students this time last year. A total of 842 students are enrolled at the Waleska campus as traditional undergraduate students, and 288 are enrolled at Waleska, Alpharetta, Epworth and Cartersville in non-traditional or graduate programs.

New Graduate Program Begins
Reinhardt's MAT program began its first year with 47 students, which include recent college graduates, experienced professionals and stay-at-home moms. Many are looking for a career change or to expand their job opportunities.

"Reinhardt's MAT program provides individuals who have degrees in fields other than education a streamlined program for initial teacher certification in early childhood education at the master's degree level," explained Dr. James Curry, dean of the Price School of Education and assistant professor of middle grades education.

Nancy Carter, MAT program coordinator and assistant professor of education, added to Curry's sentiments. "Adult professionals who enter the MAT program bring with them very diverse backgrounds and experiences. Because they attend MAT classes in the evening, the students are attracted to our cohort model. For adult learners, the creation of a collaborative learning community promotes an atmosphere of learning, caring and inquiry."

Meeting Needs of Community
"We have created degree programs that respond directly to the needs of the community, and that's one of the many reasons we have been so successful in attracting students to our college," said Isherwood. "Reinhardt College truly is the way college should be."

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