Enrollment not meeting projection

Academic Senate Meeting, in great hall, Pierce College Woodland Hills, Calif, On Monday, April 11 2016, Photo: Abdolreza Rastegarrazi
Academic Senate Meeting, in great hall, Pierce College Woodland Hills, Calif, On Monday, April 11 2016, Photo: Abdolreza Rastegarrazi

 

In August  growth for enrollment was projected to be seven percent. Instead growth flattened and dipped to three percent for the current spring semester, according to President Kathleen Burke during the Academic Senate meeting today.

The district funds the money for growth up front and if projection does not meet the school must return the money, according to Burke.

“Last year $1 million was returned to the district although enrollment growth was at three percent because the projected seven percent was not reached,” Burke said. “Most of the state of California is at a one percent enrollment growth.”

The Dual Enrollment Bill AB 288 was recently passed allowing high school students the ability  to achieve college and career readiness, according to a press release from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

Due to a smaller population of high school students coming to community colleges and universities the academic outreach and dual enrollment courses are being offered to help increase enrollment, according to Vice President Sheri Berger.