Bismarck State College president Larry Skogen briefed a Senate committee on enrollment figures and proposed 2013-15 capital projects on Monday.
Skogen told members of the Senate Education Committee that BSC’s fall 2012 enrollment was 4,109, a 6.4 percent decrease from 2011. It was the college’s first enrollment decrease since 2005.
“Credit hour production (was) down 6.8 percent, which for us was a $650,000 budget shortfall,” Skogen said.
Skogen said the college dealt with the shortfall by not filling staff positions that had become vacant and through across-the-board budget cuts. He said the decrease in enrollment is understandable given the strong economy statewide.