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:
“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.”