Enrollment is on the rise, and life is good at Colorado Northwestern Community College, president John Boyd said.
On Monday, 12 percent more students were enrolled at the community college than on the same date a year ago. The number of full-time course loads taken at CNCC, which are measured in full time equivalency units, has increased by about 4.5 percent from Aug. 25, 2007.
"We're in good shape right now," Boyd said.
Boyd revealed the college's current enrollment tally during the Craig campus' monthly board meeting Monday night, which also marked the first day of fall classes at CNCC.
Boyd credited the increase to the college's intensified push to get students enrolled early. Recruiting attempts during the summer enrolled more students before school started, Boyd said, especially at CNCC's main campus in Rangely.
CNCC administrators' efforts weren't in vain. In some classes at the Rangely campus, the number of students exceeded classroom space.
College-wide, the number of students has increased more than the number of full-time course loads those students are taking. The exact opposite trend is developing at CNCC's Craig campus. While the number of students is down from last year, the FTE count has increased.
Nevertheless, CNCC still has some distance to go before it can catch up with the precedent it set last year. FTE enrollment at the college jumped by 14 percent from fall 2006, giving CNCC the most overall FTE growth of any school in the Colorado Community College System.
The college's current enrollment is between 60 and 70 percent of its enrollment last year.
Still, CNCC has time left to meet or beat last year's record. In the past, students continue enrolling in courses, including late-start classes, after the first day of school. Total enrollment "keeps going up as the semester goes on," Boyd said.
He was confident CNCC could do as well, if not better, in its enrollment this year.
"We anticipate reaching that same number, if not higher," he said.
For more on Monday's board meeting, see the Wednesday edition of the Craig Daily Press.
Bridget Manley can be reached at 875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org