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Chesapeake Sets Spring Enrollment Record

Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008


Chesapeake College Professor Florence Lednum uses new equipment to project a slide for students in her Anatomy and Physiology lab on Wednesday morning. Dr. Lednum taught one of the first classes in the newly-renovated Talbot Science Center 

WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College started its Spring 2008 semester Wednesday with another record enrollment.

The college opened with 2,459 students registered for 676.13 Full-Time Equivalents (FTEs), a 2 percent growth in headcount and a 6 percent growth in FTEs. College officials said the growth in FTEs – with each 30 credit hours taken by students equating to one FTE – is particularly impressive, coming on top of 6 percent FTE growth last spring.

"FTE enrollment is the best measurement of community use, since it is based on the total credit hours our students take in any given semester," said Dr. Richard Midcap, Chesapeake´s vice president for student success and enrollment services. "Spring FTE has increased by over 10 percent over the last two years, which is very healthy growth."

Students who began classes Wednesday were the first to have classes in the renovated Talbot Science Center, which had been closed for the last year. The $8.6 million renovation included a complete redesign that provided a much-needed additional science lab without expanding the building´s "footprint."

As a nursing major, student Sarah Wallace of Cambridge knows she will be spending many hours in the building´s classrooms and labs.

"The building looks great inside. I like the lay-out and it´s easy to locate your classes here," said Wallace about the renovated science facility, which will host a public dedication complete with lab demonstrations Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Students could attest to the college´s increased enrollment, particularly in the high-demand General Education classes most four-year colleges and universities require transfer-bound students to take.

"There are no empty seats today! I saw more people in my morning class than I´m used to seeing in the classrooms," said student Shirley Lake of Federalsburg.

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