Growth presents opportunities, challenges for MU engineering, health professions

Hidden beneath a decrease of 1,914 undergraduate students at the University of Missouri from 2015 to 2016 are two schools that have seen their respective enrollments skyrocket in the past eight years.

Since 2008, the MU College of Engineering undergraduate population grew by more than 1,000 students. In that same time period, the School of Health Professions enrollment has nearly tripled, according to data from MU’s division of enrollment management.

College of Engineering Dean Elizabeth Loboa said that the enrollment growth over the last decade is a positive reflection of the college, but that the college has not been hiring faculty at the same rate.

Loboa said that on average, top colleges of engineering try to keep their ratios below 20 to 1. Currently, MU’s College of Engineering has a 32 to 1 ratio.

School of Health Professions Dean Kristofer Hagglund said the program has not experienced any problems with increases in student-faculty ratio. However, proposed budget cuts to MU and the University of Missouri System might complicate the school’s situation, making faculty hires difficult.

Read more: Columbia Missourian

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