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Chesapeake College opens Spring semester

Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007


WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College opened the Spring 2007 semester Wednesday with a record first-day enrollment, an increase of more than 4 percent over last year.

The college had 2,409 students registered for spring classes as of Wednesday morning. The college also set a record with 640.80 Full-Time Equivalents (FTEs), which represents a 5.2 percent increase over last year´s opening-day numbers. Each 30 credit hours taken by students represents one FTE. Chesapeake´s state funding is based upon FTE enrollment.

Dr. Richard Midcap, the college´s vice president for student success and enrollment services, said the enrollment growth is being fueled by the rising number of full-time students (10 percent increase) and students between the ages of 16 and 22 (7 percent increase).

"We´re continuing to attract an increasing number of recent high school graduates, and they tend to be full-time students who come to Chesapeake with the goal of transferring to four-year colleges and universities," said Midcap, who indicated the college´s Dual Enrollment program for high school students also continues to grow. A record 357 high school students are currently enrolled for the spring semester.

Students are also expected to register through the rest of this week.

Sean Thomas of Easton said he waited late to register this semester, but managed to get seats in two classes that he needed. Thomas, who is a local restaurant employee, said that his job leaves little time for schoolwork, but he plans to stick to a strict study schedule.

"I was so nervous coming on campus for fall semester. I have a minor case of the jitters today, but I feel much more at ease now that I´ve been through a whole semester. I know what I have to do to manage my time," said Thomas. "I was happy to see a lot of the same people I had in my classes last semester. That´s helping me feel at home today and ready to get to work."

Students are permitted to register for classes before they meet for the second week. As a result, students may register for classes that meet twice a week – which is most daytime classes – right up until the class meets for the third time.

Students registering for once-a-week night classes have to be registered prior to the second meeting, according to Midcap.

While many of the college´s course sections are already full – particularly during the peak daytime hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Midcap said there is still a wide range of courses available in the evening. That includes a host of General Education courses – Fundamentals of Biology, Fundamentals of Oral Communication, General Psychology, etc. – and career courses such as Introduction to Business and Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice.

The college is open until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday (and 4:30 p.m. on Fridays). Students can also register on Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m.

Students who meet certain eligibility requirements can register online at CUTLINE: Despite the cold temperatures Wednesday, students congregated on the quad between classes.


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