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Mulvane Center, Cowley's first off-campus site, held classes in Spring 1988 for 204 students.

Mulvane Center

On Dec. 17, 1987, the college opened its first off-campus site at 201 W. Main St. in downtown Mulvane. The center held classes for the first time in spring 1988 and surpassed initial enrollment expectations. In spring 1988, 204 students enrolled in 859 credit hours, resulting in a full-time enrollment of 57.3 students. In the summer of 1988, 369 credit hours were generated, resulting in 24.6 FTE. In spring 1989, the Mulvane Center generated 71 FTE.


Enrollment continued to grow as students in the college’s northern service area had a more convenient place to take classes. In the mid-1990s, enrollment at the center grew to more than 400 FTE.


Enrollment continues to be strong at the center, despite the fact that the majority of north campus enrollment is now generated by the Southside Education Center in Wichita, which was opened in fall 1995. In fall 2002, Mulvane generated 290 FTE.


The Interpreter Training Program for the deaf and hard-of-hearing began in Mulvane. It has been relocated to the Southside Center. Currently, the college’s ASAP or Accelerated Degree Program, in which students can earn an associate’s degree in 12 months, is offered at the Mulvane Center.


The center has an Interactive Television classroom, telecourses, workshops, day and evening courses, weekend courses, and block scheduling. Student services include academic advising, registration, fee payments, bookstore, financial aid advising, computers for student use, library services, a study area, math and computer tutoring, customized training, degree audits, transcript requests, and dropping and adding of classes.


The center also offers students the chance to get involved through the Student Activities Association. The SAA at the Mulvane Center provides activities and services to enhance student development and growth, to encourage continued enrollment, and to aid in the recruitment of new students. Activities and programs are sponsored throughout the year with SAA officers helping to plan, organize and coordinate events. All students enrolled at the Mulvane Center are eligible and invited to participate in SAA.

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