BENTONVILLE -- With dramatic enrollment gains no longer considered automatic every year at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, officials are focused on recruiting and retaining students.
The college became accustomed to rapid growth during its first 20 years. Between 2004 and 2011, for example, the number of credit hours taken at the college nearly doubled, from 87,466 to 173,282.
Enrollment began to slip two years ago. The number of credit hours taken during the fall 2013 semester was 70,592, a decline of 7.3 percent from two years earlier.
It remains to be seen what enrollment will be this school year. Officials crafted this year's budget with the expectation of a 3 percent decline in student credit hours from last year.