USM Finds Error in Enrollment

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The University of Southern Mississippi may not be the state's largest university after all.

An internal audit discovered that human error led to discrepancies in USM's preliminary fall enrollment figures. The director of the school's Office of Institutional Research has resigned.

Some USM faculty leaders suggested that the school might have inflated its fall numbers following Southern Miss' announcement that the school enrolled 16,662 students on its Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast campuses. That's 426 more than long-time enrollment leader, Mississippi State University.

After the state College Board takes a second look at the numbers next week, professor Frank Glamser, president of USM's chapter of the American Association of University Professors, predicts USM's enrollment could decrease by as many as 900 students.