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Chesapeake College's Cambridge Center Experiences Spring Enrollment Increase

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College´s Cambridge Center experienced an enrollment surge this spring, fueled by increases in both traditional-age students and Dorchester County residents.

College officials reported a 16 percent increase in students age 16 to 22 in Spring 2007 compared to Spring 2006, including a 40 percent increase in the number of Dorchester County high school students taking courses as part of the college´s popular Dual Enrollment Program. That enrollment spike dropped the average age of students taking courses at the Cambridge Center to 26, down from 27 last year and 28 in Spring 2005.

"We´re seeing a significant increase in the number of students who are taking Chesapeake College courses either through their high school or in the year after their high school graduation," said Dr. Richard Midcap, Chesapeake´s vice president for student success and enrollment services. "More students are seeing the advantages of starting their college education with Chesapeake College and specifically at the Cambridge Center."

The number of Dorchester County residents who are taking Chesapeake College courses at the Cambridge Center has also sharply increased this spring, rising 7 percent to 255 students. Dorchester County students now comprise almost 63 percent of the Cambridge Center credit student headcount.

"We´re very pleased to see Dorchester County residents making increasing use of the Cambridge Center to access higher education," said Bob Boettger, who serves as Chesapeake College´s Cambridge Center director, which also serves resident of southern Talbot and Caroline counties. "One of the goals of the Cambridge Center Strategic Plan is to increase access to Chesapeake College´s academic programs to residents of Dorchester County through the Cambridge Center."

The Cambridge Center also experienced an 8 percent increase in both course registrations and Full-Time Equivalents (FTEs). Each 30 credit hours taken by students equal one FTE, which is a basis for the college´s state funding.

Male student headcount increased 17 percent in Spring 2007 compared to Spring 2006, while Chesapeake College students taking all their courses at the Cambridge Center increased by 10 percent this spring.

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