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Chesapeake summer, fall enrollment both heading higher

Thursday, June 03, 2010

WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College set enrollment records last summer, fall and this spring, including a 20 percent increase last summer. The regional community college’s enrollment appears headed still higher based on both summer and fall pre-registration.

Enrollment for the college’s summer session, which begins June 9th, was 4.27 percent higher on Friday compared to the same point last year. The college had already registered 104.17 Full-Time Equivalents (FTEs) before closing for the Memorial Day holiday compared to 99.80 FTEs at the same point last year.

Every 30 credit hours for which students register equate to one FTE, which is the basis for the college’s state funding.

Fall’s trend data was even more impressive, with the college’s FTE for the fall term standing at 482.07 as of Friday compared to 450.37 at the same point last year. That represents a 7 percent increase.

Kathy Petrichenko, the college’s dean for recruitment services, said the increases for both semesters are higher than forecast. She said Chesapeake’s FY2011 budget anticipates a 3 percent increase in FTE.

"Summer registration was trending higher in FTE right out of the gate, even though summer headcount is pretty close to last summer," said Petrichenko. "The fall increase is more surprising – we opened fall registration a week later than normal, but we’ve already made up for that late start in not only FTE but also headcount."

Summer headcount stood at 718 as of Friday, compared to 716 a year earlier. Fall headcount was 1517 as of Friday, compared to 1448 at the same time last year, representing a 4.8 percent increase.

Petrichenko said the college’s summer students are taking courses for a variety of reasons.

"Some students are trying to pick up a course they missed earlier in their program, or trying to get ahead so they can lighten their fall load," she said. "We also get a lot of students who attend four-year colleges during the regular year who are taking courses to transfer back to those institutions."

The Fall 2010 student profile currently looks a lot like the Fall 2009 profile, according to Petrichenko.

"Currently, over 58 percent of students registered for fall are under 23," said Petrichenko. "We’re continuing to see strong enrollment in the traditional-age market – students either just finishing high school or out of high school just a few years."

Summer registration will continue through the start of classes on June 9th. For more information, Petrichenko said individuals should visit the college’s website (www.chesapeake.edu) or call the college at (410) 822-5400, 758-1537, or 228-4360.

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