Student enrollment at Kean University’s satellite campus at Ocean County College is up this fall, even as the four-year school remains on academic probation by its accrediting agency, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
According to numbers released through OCC on Wednesday, 1,700 students were currently enrolled at Kean@Ocean, up from 1,605 students this time last year.
That’s better than its host community college has performed this year. While OCC has a student enrollment of 10,048 this fall, it’s down from 10,317 in the fall of 2011, according to officials for the two-year college.
Despite its problems, the Kean@Ocean partnership has resulted in one of the most affordable college education experiences in the United States, school officials contend. If a student were to start his or her matriculation as a freshman at OCC and graduate from Kean University at OCC four years later, the cost of their college education in total would be about $26,000 — about the cost of a new car.