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MORE THAN 3,500 EXPECTED TO ENROLL AT SUSC THIS FALL

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More than 3,500 students are expected to enroll at Southern Utah State College this quarter, according to a report given recently to the SUSC Institutional Council.

"More students than earlier projected are enrolling this fall," said Mark Barton, director of admissions and records. The college has another two weeks before a final enrollment report is issued to the Board of Regents.The council also discussed converting to a semester calendar in two years.

"Considering the pros and cons, it appears that a semester calendar would provide a number of advantages to students and faculty," said Provost Terry Alger. "The faculty senate will be reviewing the semester concept over the next month, and a report will follow. However, the dean's and president's councils already endorse the idea."

An SUSC study indicated that a semester system would better utilize facilities, students could save on book purchases and registrations, faculty contracts would be increased from nine to 10 months and instruction would more closely parallel the public school calendar.

About two-thirds of all colleges and universities in the nation are on a semester system; only about 750 are still on the quarter system.

"It would take about two years to convert to the semester system," Alger said. "Once the campus approvals are in order, we'll petition the Regents for final approval."