Graduate enrollment numbers are on the rise at UNM's Anderson School of Management. Graduate programs have 672 students enrolled this spring – a 20.86 percent increase over spring 2010. That number accounts for all Anderson graduate students in Master of Business Arts, Master of Accounting, Executive M.B.A. and post-masters programs.

Anderson Dean Douglas Brown said the state of the economy is adding to the rise in Anderson's enrollment. "Those who have jobs are seeking to secure their positions with a M.B.A. or M.Acct. degree," Brown said. "And those looking for work will be able to use the advanced degree to their advantage when the job market opens up."

Brown added that while the larger numbers have increased faculty workloads, increased enrollment is a good problem for Anderson to have.

The Office of the Provost is helping the Anderson advising staff to successfully manage the increase by providing funds that will allow Anderson to hire a graduate advisor.

"This additional position will allow us to continue to provide high quality service to our growing student population, while also adding services to ensure that student needs are being met," said Megan Conner, director, Anderson Advisement. "We have revised our processes to ensure that we are not only using best business practices, but communicating with students through different technology mediums."

The Anderson Advising Office processed a record number of spring graduate applications, up to 232 from 171 a year ago.

"To handle the increased application numbers, we have redesigned our M.B.A./M.Acct. application, which is now online, and streamlined the process for students," Conner said. "Our goal is to provide students with accurate information about the program and the process, which helps alleviate any anxiety associated with applying to a professional graduate program. The addition of a graduate advising position will allow us to continue to communicate with students, increasing our enrollment and assisting students throughout the entire process."

Story by Leslie Venzuela