Sept. 19, 2012
GALESBURG—Carl Sandburg College’s student enrollment is up over 3 percent for the 2012 fall semester from a year ago, making it one of the few community colleges in the state to show an enrollment increase. Reports of first day enrollment show Sandburg was one of only two community colleges in the state with an increase, and by the 10th day of classes Sandburg was one of just three in the state to enjoy an increase in student enrollment.
Sandburg President Dr. Lori Sundberg attributes the College’s enrollment increases to traditional-age students and their parents increasingly recognizing the value and individualized attention community colleges provide, the addition of nearby housing available to students interested in obtaining a more complete college experience and more focused efforts by the College on recruitment and minority outreach.
“Carl Sandburg College has been one of our community’s best-kept secrets,” Sundberg said. “We’re working to change that, and it appears students and parents are realizing what a great opportunity the College provides. Our students do exceedingly well when they transfer after graduation to other colleges and universities, and for those students interested in a career or technical degree, Sandburg has a wide variety of programs. More people are discovering that Carl Sandburg College is a tremendous value and absolutely the smartest choice that any student can make in terms of their college education.”
Sandburg also reached out to hundreds of students throughout the summer who had been admitted but had not enrolled at the College and expanded and enhanced recruitment efforts and initiatives. In addition, there is a 29 percent increase in high school students taking dual credit. They, too, are taking advantage of the great opportunity to get a jump start on their academic career. Sandburg also had an increased enrollment of minority students, seeing jumps in the percentage of students who are black, Hispanic and Asian or from the Pacific islands as well as a 10.3 percent increase in students ages 17-19 years old.
Sandburg’s total enrollment of 2,460 students for the 2012 fall semester topped its figure of 2,383 from 2011, an increase of 3.2 percent. The College’s 23,693.5 total credit hours for the semester were a 2.9 percent increase from the 23,050.5 hours for the 2011 fall semester.