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Chesapeake College responding to enrollment pressures

Posted on Wednesday, August 08, 2007

WYE MILLS – With Chesapeake College starting August on pace for its highest enrollment ever, college officials added new sections to meet the surge in daytime enrollment.

The college ended July with student headcount running 4.6 percent ahead of last year´s July 31st numbers. Most of the enrollment pressure, according to college officials, is being seen in daytime courses that traditional-age, transfer-bound students take at Chesapeake before moving on to four-year institutions.

"Our main goal at this point is to make sure we have enough seats for the fall semester to accommodate this surge in daytime demand," said Dr. Kathryn Barbour, vice president for academic services.

In response to that need, the college added sections in art, English, math, and science courses.

While the college has already registered 1,992 students as of July 31st – 87 more students than the same date last year – August tends to be a busy month. Dr. Richard Midcap, vice president for student success, said the college projects nearly 700 more students will register in the run-up to the start of classes on August 27th.

Dr. Midcap said students interested in what new sections are offered and when they will be offered should visit the college´s website (www.chesapeake.edu).

"Our website has the most up-to-date information on class availability," said Dr. Midcap, adding the college is also open until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday for in-person registration, with Friday hours (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) starting again August 17th.

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