Campus in transition

Responding to core course enrollment decreases for fall

Historically, core courses, such as COM 11400, ENGL 100000 and PSY 12000, among others, have generated large enrollments and credit hour attainment on our campus.

As these courses satisfy general education requirements in our degree programs, a trend of decreasing enrollment in these classes may be a revealing indicator of our overall campus enrollment picture.

Comparing enrollment in 12 core courses some 60 days before the start of the fall semester, the number of fall 2013 enrollees is 12 percent behind last year, 26 percent less than 2011 and 36 percent below fall 2010 data.

“At this time we can only speculate why our core course enrollment has declined; meantime, we are scrutinizing our data,” Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Provost Ralph Rogers said. “What is important for all of us to understand is that our enrollment continues to trend down, and we—all of us—must act appropriately in response.”

Here is a comparative, four-year early summer look at fall, core course enrollments:

Fall Core Course Enrollments Over Four Years
Course F2013
Day 60
F2012
Day 58
F2011
Day 60
F2010
Day 61
COM 11400 411 508 456 562
ENGL 10000 90 164 153 187
ENGL 10400 246 236 333 407
ENGL 10500 313 358 371 419
HIST 10400 118 116 189 192
PHIL 10600 97 110 173 176
PHIL 10700 8 11 15 12
PHIL 11000 120 114 171 130
PHIL 11100 71 86 87 110
POL 10100 176 183 247 326
PSY 12000 188 247 312 353
SOC 10000 279 266 339 412
TOTALS 2,117 2,399 2,846 3,286

“Though we took action during the previous academic year in response to shortfalls we experienced, our challenges continue,” Rogers said. “Successfully transitioning into the changing, ‘Destination of Choice University‘ we expect to become requires more than a quick fix; it is a process that will take time.”