COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A new degree program in sports management is helping to drive what is expected to be another year of record freshman enrollment at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the School of Natural Resources anticipates a 44 percent enrollment increase after adding the sports management emphasis to its parks, recreation and tourism degree.

School director Mark Ryan says the increase is also due in part to more modest boosts in fisheries and wildlife science, forestry and other degree programs.

Ryan says the growth can be seen both among incoming students and older students switching majors.

Enrollment at the Columbia campus has increased almost every year over the past decade. Officials expect more than 33,000 students when the fall semester begins in August.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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