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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s largest public university by enrollment is pulling back on growth plans after adding nearly 20 percent more students over the decade ending in 2010.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that campus leaders at North Carolina State University now plan to increase the number of students by about 6 percent by 2020. That will push the student body from nearly 35,000 today to about 37,000.

The new plan shifts NC State’s emphasis toward graduate research, the kind of academic work that attracts funding from companies and can lead to high-tech spinoffs that boost the state’s economy.

The number of students seeking doctorates would grow 40 percent from 2011 to 2020, while the percentage of new freshmen would be nearly flat.

Credit: The Associated Press.