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Spring Enrollment Sets Record

Release Date: 3/24/2008

CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College


Carroll Community College Spring Enrollment Sets
New Record for a Spring Semester

At Carroll Community College, credit headcount reached 3,210 in spring, 2008. This enrollment figure is up 4.3 percent from last spring and represents a new record high for a spring semester. Full-time students increased ten percent over the same time last year. 

Two additional significant increases from last spring include the credit fall-to-spring retention rate, which is at an all-time high of 75 percent; and the Continuing Education FTEs (full-time- equivalent). Non-credit FTEs are up 36 percent compared to last year.

"Our increase in enrollment this spring is a testimony to the emphasis we place on the teaching and learning process," said College President Dr. Faye Pappalardo. "Many Carroll County citizens can attest to the fine education that our students receive. Our reputation encourages prospective students to make the choice to attend Carroll."

What explains the higher credit retention rate and how has the college achieved it?

Dr. James Ball, vice president of Academic and Student Affairs, offers this explanation.
"Nursing and PTA programs are attracting and retaining more students than in past years. There are more students entering and more completing the program at various levels, and we're retaining more to graduation," he said.
"Secondly, we have increased efforts and personnel working on transfer planning and transfer outreach activities in the last two years or so. We have increased efforts in academic planning,
information outreach, and we have connected students to faculty outside of the classroom more often via our Academic Communities," he said.

"Thirdly, our Blackboard course management system is used extensively by students and faculty. It helps improve ongoing communication between them so that feedback and help is more immediate. It also puts all course materials, resources and reminders, in front of the student as needed, and is available 24/7," said Ball.

What explains the Continuing Education and Training increase of 36 percent in FTE compared to this time last year? Karen Merkle, vice president of Continuing Education and Training, said the major factors include the renewed contract with the Police Academy and the adult education program (new to the college this year). Other factors that contributed to the increase are new training contracts with businesses for management and communications courses, new programs in technical career training and increased enrollments in apprenticeship programs. Continuing education has experienced increased enrollments across all nursing and allied health offerings, including dental assisting.

Carroll Community College is located at 1601 Washington Road in Westminster, Md.




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