STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ The University of Connecticut’s recent hiring surge has led to an overall decrease in the ratio of students to faculty.

The Academic Affairs Committee of the UConn Board of Trustees reported recently that the school’s student-to-faculty ratio has shrunk from just over 17-to-1 to just over 16-to-1 in the last year.

The board attributes the decrease to the hiring of 169 new faculty members since 2011. The new jobs were funded by recent tuition increases under a plan to add 300 new faculty members.

UConn plans to add an additional 245 faculty members over the next 10 years under the state’s Next Generation UConn project.

The improvements come as UConn’s undergraduate student population has increased from just over 17,500 students last year to just over 18,000 this fall.

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