A little more than 3-years ago, Florida State University Administrators out of Tallahassee considered closing the Panama City campus to save money. Instead, they set enrollment goals for FSU-PC to achieve and become self-supporting.
They gave the local campus until the fall of 2012, to reach 1,400 students.
Tuesday, local campus Dean Ken Shaw announced this semester's enrollment is 1,417 students, which meets the three year goal. That's a 14 percent increase over the last fall and a 44 percent increase over the 980 students on-campus in 2008, when the budget cuts were looming.
FSU-PC achieved the goal in-part, by adding new on-line and classroom courses.
The campus should get an additional boost next fall, when the school begins admitting freshmen.