A master’s program at Trine University’s Logansport campus recently graduated all seven of the students who were in its first program cohort.
The local campus began offering its master’s degree in leadership in a combination of face-to-face and online classes in 2011, when seven area residents enrolled. Those seven, along with an eighth master’s candidate who completed the program entirely online, were recognized in Trine’s commencement Saturday.
Eighteen students also earned bachelor’s degrees through the Logansport campus and were recognized Saturday.
The master’s in leadership was the first master’s program introduced at Trine-Logansport. The campus has since added a master’s degree program in criminal justice.
Since its opening in 2010, the campus has consistently remained one of the university’s fastest-growing sites, according to Lori Lange, who succeeded Tami McMahan as director of the campus last August. It’s ranked only after Fort Wayne and the adult and graduate studies program on the main Trine campus in Angola. Other campuses are located in Mishawaka, Warsaw, Avon and Columbus; Sturgis, Mich.; and Phoenix, Ariz.
This past spring, the Logansport campus had 68 students going through bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. The current summer term has a record 48 students enrolled.
“A lot of colleges don’t see their summer numbers that high,” Lange explained. Fort Wayne’s Trine campus, which is aiming for an enrollment of 200 in the fall, has 79 students enrolled this summer.
Lange, herself one of the eight who earned a master’s degree this year through Trine-Logansport, is aiming to enroll 70 students at the Logansport campus in the fall, she said.
Local legislators and education policymakers have made much of Indiana’s low college completion rate, including Cass County’s below-average rate in the state.