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Motlow College is fastest growing college in Tennessee; enrollment up 19.4%

Aug. 27, 2015

After three days of classes in the fall 2015 semester, Motlow College is the fastest growing public college in Tennessee. Much of the growth is due to the new Tennessee Promise program and is taking place at Motlow's Smyrna Center. Eagleville High School graduate Dayton Hendrix proudly displays his status during Welcome Week student activities on the Smyrna Center campus. Motlow College photo.
Fueled by an astonishing 60 percent increase in Full-Time Equivalency (FTE) at Smyrna Center, Motlow College began the first week of fall 2015 classes as the fastest growing college in the state of Tennessee.

That's not just community colleges, but rather all public universities, community colleges and Tennessee colleges of applied technology (TCAT) under the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) system. Motlow welcomed a larger percentage increase of students than any other.

After three days of classes, Motlow's enrollment is 5,249 students, a nine percent increase over the 4,822 during the same period in 2014. The FTE numbers are more impressive. College-wide FTE, which is a formula that determines how many students are attending full-time, is 3,576, compared with 2,995 last year; a 19.4 percent increase.

"I have been privileged to be leading colleges with the top growth rate in the past, but never a growth rate of 19 percent," said Dr. Anthony Kinkel, Motlow president. "Now it's on to the challenge of keeping all of our students enrolled and moving forward. I feel confident we are up to the challenge."

Smyrna Center's FTE after three days of classes is 1,494.3 for this year compared to 934.1 in fall 2014. Headcount at the center is 2,093 compared to 1,722 last year. The FTE percentage increase is 60, while the headcount increase in Smyrna is 21.5 percent.

"Starting with Governor Bredesen, and now elevated by Governor Haslam, we are grateful for the Tennessee Promise and for the hopes and dreams that this will provide to a whole new generation of Tennesseans who might otherwise never have had the opportunity to go to college," added Kinkel.

Motlow's other three campuses also saw significant increases in FTE. The McMinnville Center grew at a 30.6 percent rate, Moore County's increase is 24.2 percent and the Fayetteville Center grew at a 23.1 percent rate.