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LEARN & GROW

The new Cruzen-Murray Library opened in 2018 and serves as a new and appealing campus gateway for the College of Idaho.

Higher education schools offer an array of choices BY DUSTY PARNELL Higher education opportunities continue to build stronger programs to accommodate the booming population growth throughout the Boise Valley. The educational choices and opportunities range from professional certifications to doctoral degrees. College enrollment reached a milestone in 2017 with almost 101,000 undergraduates at an increase of 1.6 percent. That increase comes at the same time the national undergraduate enrollment dropped by one percent. National figures have dropped for six consecutive years. College enrollments increased in only 12 states and the District of Columbia, with Idaho showing strong growth. Boise State University posted a record fall enrollment of 24,121. The University of Idaho recorded its third successive enrollment increase. Enrollment also grew at each of the state’s two-year colleges. The state has set a goal for its 25- to 34-year-olds to hit the 60 percent mark of achieving a college degree or professional 40

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certificate. State leaders hope to hit that mark by 2025. Boise State University Founded in 1932 as Boise Junior College, Boise State University has grown into a metropolitan research university with a 2017 record enrollment of 24,121 students. It offers about 200 degrees and certificates in seven academic colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business & Economics, Education, Engineering, Graduate, Health Sciences and Social Sciences & Public Affairs. BSU has the largest undergraduate nursing program in Idaho. In addition, it offers an internationally accredited business school and is the only university in the country to offer a Master of Science degree in raptor biology. The College of Engineering is consistently ranked among the best undergraduate engineering programs. Meanwhile, the College of Education is again ranked among the top 50 public universities on the US News and World Report best graduate schools list for 2019. The college has climbed in rankings every

year for the last five years. This past year, it climbed three spots in overall rankings to No. 54 and is No. 43 amongst public universities. This is the highest ranking to date and puts it in the top three in the Northwest. The College of Education’s Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction was Boise State’s first doctoral degree, beginning in 1993. Other new additions to the university: — The School of the Arts will offer two new degrees in creative writing — a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts — as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Narrative Arts beginning in fall 2018. Students at Boise State also now will be able to minor in creative writing. There are currently 30 Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in creative writing in the country. Boise State’s will be the 31st. — Coming in 2019 will be a new $42 million, five-story, 97,222-square-foot Center for Fine Arts. — A new fully online Master of Science in Respiratory Care program will begin in fall 2018. Currently, there are only 12 respiratory care master degree programs in the nation, and only eight are offered online for working respiratory therapists. — An online-only Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health will also begin in 2018. — Boise State’s Honors College has more than doubled in size in the past five years, growing from 400 students to 925 students, and it has had a new home as of October 2017. Sawtooth Hall is home to 656 students, a five-story, $40 million building that includes Honors-dedicated living and learning spaces, as well as housing for other students, a dining venue, classrooms and spaces designed to boost the student experience on campus. The 236,000-square-foot building is located in the center of campus on University Drive across the street from the Student Union Building. — Planning has begun for a new School of Public Service building at Boise State, to be located across University Drive from the Micron Business and Economics Building on the southwest corner of campus. The goal of the new four-story building is to bring together the School of Public Service administrative offices, centers and academic programs — Criminal Justice, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Military Science, Political Science, Public Policy and

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2018 Boise Valley Spotlight Magazine  

The Boise Valley Spotlight magazine is our annual membership directory. Together with our publishing partner, the Idaho Statesman, we share...

2018 Boise Valley Spotlight Magazine  

The Boise Valley Spotlight magazine is our annual membership directory. Together with our publishing partner, the Idaho Statesman, we share...