NIC sets new enrollment record; up 1.5 percent

With increases in full-time academic students as well as its dual enrollment program for high school juniors and seniors, North Idaho College has established a new all-time enrollment record of 4,519 students for the 2004 fall semester. The increase of 67 students reflects a 1.5 percent increase over fall of 2003, according to NIC President Michael Burke. “Our goal is managed growth and I believe that this year's enrollment figures reflect our success in continuing to meet the needs of the community,” Burke said. NIC's dual enrollment program, which allows eligible high school juniors and seniors to enroll in NIC courses, experienced a 24.5 percent increase over last fall, growing from 183 to 228 students. NIC Distance Education Director Candace Wheeler attributes much of the growth to an initiative by NIC to offer dual enrollment classes on site at several high schools during the school day. Course offerings have expanded this year in Sandpoint, Priest River and Kellogg high schools and Timberlake and St. Maries high schools are offering the dual enrollment courses on site for the first time. Others come to NIC's main campus or other outreach sites for coursework. The number of students enrolled in NIC's academic transfer programs is up 2 percent, from 3,577 to 3,652. The college's professional-technical programs, on the other hand, dropped 9 percent from 692 to 639 students, although credit hour production was up 1 percent. “Our economy is on the rebound and conversely, we often see declines in the number of students pursuing professional-technical programs when jobs are more readily available,” said NIC Vice President of Student Services Bruce Gifford. Most of NIC's students are full time, 61 percent, while 39 percent are enrolled part time. This year's gender ratio is 63 percent women and 37 percent men and 93 percent of NIC students live in Idaho. “Overall, we've had a very successful start to this academic year,” Gifford said. “Admissions processes ran smoothly and although parking continues to be an issue, we've seen an increase in the number of students utilizing off-campus parking and shuttle services.” Idaho's colleges and universities traditionally announce their enrollment on the 10th instructional day of each semester. Gifford will give a more detailed enrollment report to the NIC Board of Trustees at its next meeting, scheduled for Sept. 29.

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Assistant to the President for Community Relations Kent Propst, (208) 769-3316

Posted: Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004

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