Ohio colleges relieved as enrollment levels off

Friday, August 23, 2013

Many Ohio colleges that saw their enrollments shrink after switching to semesters last year are happy just to be holding steady as fall classes are about to start.

“A year ago, there was a big drop. You don’t just jump up from that,” said Mabel Freeman, interim vice president of student affairs at Columbus State Community College, where classes start today.

After several years of explosive growth, enrollment at Columbus State last fall dropped to 25,650 students — nearly 13 percent fewer than had been anticipated. That was on top of coming in 10 percent below projections for the summer before.

Columbus State is expecting roughly the same number of students this week. And officials say they are OK with that because of the declining numbers of Ohio high-school graduates and adults in need of training.

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