By Miriam Guajardo
LOGOS STAFF WRITER
Despite the odds in a shaky economy and rising tuition, the University of the Incarnate Word’s enrollment hit a new record this fall — more than 9,000, including its international programs
“Size equals access which equals continued success,” said Dr. Louis J. Agnese Jr., UIW’s president who saw 1,298 students when he came in 1985.
“The institution’s global enrollment reached 9,188 students this fall, nearly a 9 percent increase from last year,” said Andrea Cyterski-Acosta, dean of admissions. “Successfully, our university has grown to be a leader in international education, with over 100 sister schools in 37 countries.”
The university has been allowed to strike into new national and international markets due to the impressive achievement provided by online programs.
“Compared to the past two years, there has been an immense increase in online payment plans, making it easier for students,” Business Office Administrator Joey Ramirez said.
Maintaining growth and quality continues to be a challenge. A new residence hall is under construction on the west end of the main campus off U.S. 281. More Friday classes are being held to relieve crowded classrooms and parking.
“A growing university is a healthy university,” said Cyterski-Acosta. “I am proud to announce we continue to grow and develop internationally as we boast a presence in China, Mexico and Germany as well as in San Antonio and Corpus Christi.”
“UIW is out there everywhere in the community because of access,” Agnese said. “That is what UIW is all about, allowing a greater number to have access to private education.”