The Texas Tech Health Sciences Center is enjoying a surge in popularity when it comes to record graduate student enrollment. Like many prestigious schools, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center has attempted to strike the right balance between high enrollment numbers, which translates into the influx of tuition money required by any school, and maintaining a high standard of students in their program. To that end, HSC set a relatively modest goal of 5,000 enrolled students by 2020, a milestone which, according to a recent article in the Daily Toreador, looks much closer to being achieved than originally anticipated.
Why the popularity of HSC amongst graduate students?
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center President Dr. Tedd Mitchell points at the institution’s selective admissions process as one of the main reasons that HSC enrollment is now at 4,589 students. “If we just opened up the doors, you could grow our enrollment substantially overnight, but you got to keep the quality there,” Mitchell is quoted as saying. “So the thing that’s been good about our enrollment growth is as the number of students we take in has gone up, the quality of the students we take in has gone up with it.”
According to Dr. Mitchell, HSC is also attractive to students because of factors of education quality, such as maintaining a 1 to 35 ratio of faculty to students. The school also offers online courses when it’s able, something that is beneficial to many. According to the Daily Toreador article Dr. Mitchell is also “working to gain accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for HSC at El Paso, a campus that was established by the Texas Legislature on April 30.” While this accreditation won’t be available until 2017, the work being done at HSC continues to draw in graduate students who see the benefit of studying at such a school, including nursing students whose program saw an increase of 100 students from 2012.