NIC spring enrollment down slightly


Spring semester enrollment at North Idaho College experienced a slight decrease from 2004, reflecting the slight enrollment increase in the fall. “We only gained a small percentage in the fall and because it's common for students to finish programs and transfer between semesters, the slight decrease for spring is not surprising,” said NIC Vice President for Student Services Bruce Gifford. A decrease of 68 students from 4,194 students to 4,126 reflects a 1.6 percent decrease in enrollment from the spring of 2004 to spring 2005. NIC experienced a 1.5 percent increase for the 2004 fall semester, increasing 67 students to 4,519. The pattern began to develop with a large increase in enrollment in 2004 during difficult economic times following Sept. 11. With the nation in an economic upswing, more jobs are available and less people are enrolling in college, according to Gifford. “Numbers are pretty flat proportionately across the board,” Gifford said. “There's not a specific area to point a finger at, which means there's really no cause for concern.” NIC's largest segment of growth was in the number of high school students dual enrolled through the college. NIC's dual enrollment program, which allows high school students to enroll in NIC courses for both high school and college credit, grew from 191 to 198 students, an increase of 3.7 percent from this time last year. NIC's largest major continues to be general/undecided, followed by nursing and pre-nursing, education and business administration. The average age of NIC's students is 26 years of age, a slight change from the average age of 27 last year. The male-female ratio of the student body is 63 percent women and 37 percent men. “Even though numbers are slightly down, it's clear that we're continuing to meet the needs of our students,” Gifford said. “Financial aid awards were up this semester, there are more students in the residence hall than last spring and we've added new professional-technical programs for next fall to help meet the economic needs of the region.” NIC announced in January that it plans to add three new professional-technical programs for fall 2005 in addition to reinstating the Welding Technology program. The new programs include the Outdoor Power/Recreational Vehicle Technology, Landscape Technology and the Human Resources Assistant program. Idaho's colleges and universities traditionally announce their enrollment on the 10th instructional day of each semester. Gifford will be giving a more detailed enrollment report to the NIC Board of Trustees at its next meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 23.

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Posted: Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005

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