“We are by far the distance-learning leader in Kansas,” Fort Hays State University president Ed Hammond said during a recent visit to The Eagle. The university’s strong enrollment in China continues, though Hammond pointed to the country’s one-child policy to help explain a 150-student drop each of the past two years. Of the fall enrollment figure of 13,441 students, 3,318 are online students and 475 of those live in Sedgwick County. Hammond said his biggest challenge is building fast enough to accommodate enrollment growth. Asked about the tours of Fort Hays (Oct. 28) and other state university campuses by legislative leaders, Hammond said notebooks were going out containing the answers to all 81 questions the lawmakers had posed. “I’ll be real interested who reads it,” he said.
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