While fall enrollment is down modestly, the trend can be found across the state of Missouri. SCC’s fall 2013 headcount of 7,477 marks a 3.2 percent decrease compared to last year and, statewide, fall enrollment numbers are down 3.5 percent.
Jennifer Lansdowne, associate dean of Enrollment Services, assists prospective students during RegFest.
“Most Missouri community college enrollments were down this fall, ranging by institution as high as 10 percent down from last fall,” said Ron Chesbrough, SCC president. “Thanks to a collaborative effort on campus, we came in ahead of where we might have expected in an environment of declining enrollments.”
Several college departments took part in various enrollment-boosting efforts that brought figures in line with projections made earlier in the spring. Social media, phone calls, fliers, posters and one-stop registration events encouraged new and returning students to enroll.
The new “RegFest” events held in June and July allowed prospective students a fun and easy way to get enrolled at SCC. They learned what degree programs SCC offers, met with financial aid and A+ Program advisors to discuss eligibility and benefits, completed assessment tests and toured the campus. The festival-style event included free food and prizes like a $1,000 scholarship to SCC, free books for the semester, T-shirts and more.
This story was published in SCC's Chaz newsletter, Vol. 25, No. 2.
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