DMACC Enrollment Slows But Sets Another Record
Student enrollment for the fall 2011 semester jumped by more than 3 percent from a year ago, according to a news release from the college.
From a DMACC News Release:
A rush of August enrollees, growth of online classes and more high school students taking college credit classes accounted for another record enrollment at Des Moines Area Community College, according to a news release.
A headcount at DMACC’s six campuses and three learning centers was up 3.11 percent this fall compared to fall 2010, the release said.
This is the 12th straight year of fall enrollment growth at DMACC.
Since the start of the past decade in 2000, DMACC went from a fall enrollment of 10,803 students to 25,425 this semester, a 135 percent increase.
DMACC CEO and President Rob Denson said enrollment increases have been important for the college. “Our growth has helped offset the cutbacks in state and federal funding and allowed the college to offer more programs, hire full-time professors, add more classes, improve the infrastructure, and in some cases, shorten wait times for high-demand programs,” he noted.
Denson predicts the growth will continue at about 2 to 5 percent over the next few years, but he believes the college has reached a point where DMACC’s affordability, accessibility and academic reputation that make the college a first choice for many students, their parents and employers.
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