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In the News: Miller Discusses Pandemic’s Impact on Graduate School


Kevin J. Miller, dean of the Graduate School, recently spoke to Buffalo Business First’s Lian Bunny for a story on how COVID-19 may have affected graduate enrollment and programs at Buffalo State College.

Titled “These Advanced Education Enrollment, Interest Trends Shifted during the Pandemic,” the story explored the ways that trends in graduate education have changed over the last 16 months.

In the piece, Miller said that overall graduate enrollment has gone up at Buffalo State during the pandemic. In spring 2021, 1,053 students were enrolled in graduate programs at the college, compared with 994 in spring 2019.

The number of students who enrolled in graduate programs full time also went up, Miller said in the piece. 

While it’s too early to attribute the trends to the pandemic, Miller said, it’s possible that prospective graduate students had more time on their hands because of the pandemic and decided to use it to pursue an advanced degree or to finish their degrees more quickly.