CSU expecting growth as fall semester set to start

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - With classes beginning in less than a week, Charleston Southern University is anticipating the new full-time student population to grow by 4 percent for the Fall 2010 semester.

University officials report that with the increase of students, as many as 50 upperclassmen will be housed at the Wingate by Wyndham hotel owned by CSU and located on the 300-acre campus.

Online programs in business, nursing and criminal justice continue to attract growing numbers of students to CSU. Dr. Tara Hulsey, Dean of the Derry Patterson Wingo School of Nursing at CSU says, "Online graduate programs are popular because of the flexibility online courses allow for RN's working full time."

CSU launched a Master of Science Nursing program last fall to meet the nursing faculty shortage. "Most programs in the country are unable to admit all the qualified nursing student applicants due to faculty shortages," she said. "Our MSN nurse educator program addresses this problem by preparing future nurse educators."

Dr. Jackie Fish, Dean of the Criminal Justice department at Charleston Southern added, "Non-traditional students are enrolling in CSU's (online) graduate program as they seek promotional opportunities or plan to attend post-graduate school."

Charleston Southern launched a new graphic design undergraduate program last year. The University reports the program continues to experience strong interest from prospective and current students.

"The field of graphic design is constantly changing," said Ed Speyers, CSU graphic design professor. "People are needed for publication and logo design for small to large businesses. However, the field of web design is also growing which increases the demand for people to layout graphics online."

A new $100,000 graphic design studio opened in January featuring state-of-the-art Apple iMac computers including graphic design software. The new facility is located on the lower level of the L. Mendel Rivers Library.

The Charleston Southern University campus has a fresh, new look too. The University has completed the first phase of a $15 million project to renovate the residence halls. Legacy Lane, a new brick paving project that enhances the Reflection Pond at the center of campus, was completed over the summer

Hundreds of new students will arrive on campus this Friday for Move-In Day according to Debbie Williamson, Vice-President for Enrollment. The campus will open to students, family, friends and the media at 8am. CSU orientation weekend kicks off Friday afternoon with a full schedule of events.