YSU boasts 29-year high in degrees

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Increased admissions at Youngstown State University has turned into a 29-year high for degrees.

YSU awarded 2,147 degrees in the 2013-2014 academic year, the most since 1985.

Summer commencement is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 16 at Beeghly Center.

Jack Fahey, vice president for Student Affairs, said the high number of graduates is a reflection of increasing enrollment that the university experienced in the first decade of the 2000s.

Other factors include an increase in number of veterans attending class through the Patriot Cords program. Those numbers have grown from 27 two years ago to 47 this past academic year. Enrollment is expected to rise with the opening of the YSU Veterans Resource Center.

The number of Bachelor of General Studies has also been a success. Jane Kestner, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts said the program has consistently enrolled 130 to 180 students.

Since its start nine years ago, the program has awarded more than 700 degrees and is now the third most populous degree on campus, behind only Criminal Justice and Nursing.

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