10/03/2013 - Cincinnati State Sees 5.2 percent Enrollment Jump In Fall Semester
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October 3, 2013
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Cincinnati State Sees 5.2 percent Enrollment Jump In Fall Semester
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College saw a 5.2 percent enrollment increase for the 2013 Fall Semester over the same period last year.
As of the 14th day of the semester – the official date for reporting enrollment data to the Ohio Board of Regents – Cincinnati State’s total enrollment was 11,167.
At this point last year, which marked the beginning of the college’s use of the semester-based academic calendar, enrollment was 10,614.
“We’re pleased by our enrollment especially given the enrollment challenges many of our counterparts across Ohio have encountered this past year,” said Wendy Bolt, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at Cincinnati State.
According to data released this week by the Ohio Board of Regents, enrollment at Ohio’s 23 public community colleges dropped an aggregate 4.73 percent over the past year, from 189,839 in Fall 2012 to 180,866 at the start of the current semester.
Only seven of Ohio’s community colleges reported enrollment growth, and none had a greater gain in the total number of students than Cincinnati State (553). Eastern Gateway Community College, which added 397 students, reported a 16 percent increase, followed by Zane State College, which added 199 students for a 7.18 percent increase. Other schools showing enrollment gains were North Central State College (4.75 percent), Rio Grande Community College (2.12 percent), Northwest State Community College (1.64 percent), and Clark State Community College (.08 percent).
“We’re obviously pleased with our enrollment numbers, and happy that the Cincinnati State message is getting out,” said President O’dell M. Owens. “Across the country community colleges are coming into their own, and here in Greater Cincinnati it appears that students, families and particularly employers are recognizing the value of a well-educated citizenry.”
According to an analysis by Cincinnati State’s Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, the total number of credit hours that students are taking this year has also climbed, to 102,079. That’s up 4 percent from last year. The analysis also found:
- Branch campuses accounted for much of the growth, with Middletown, which opened in 2012, jumping from 311 to 616 and Harrison growing from 96 to 157 over the past year.
- The number of Hispanic, international and/or veteran students grew by 11 percent over the past year, from 1,039 last year to 1,154 in the current semester.
- The college’s Health & Public Safety Division accounts for the largest bloc of students with a declared major (31 percent), followed by Business Technologies (23 percent), the Center for Innovative Technologies (which houses most engineering, computer and manufacturing-related programs, 19 percent), and Humanities and Sciences (15 percent). Another 12 percent of the students at Cincinnati State are not seeking a degree, but rather are taking individual courses for pleasure or specific purposes that do not include pursuit of a certificate or associate degree.
- About 63 percent of Cincinnati State’s students live in Hamilton County, 12 percent in Butler County, 5 percent in Clermont County, 4 percent in Warren County, 7 percent in Northern Kentucky and 2 percent in Indiana.
Anne Foster, director of the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, said Cincinnati State is maintaining a student demographic that reflects the region’s overall makeup remarkable well. While the average age of student body declined slightly over the past year, to 27.5, those in the 25-34 age range account for 28 percent of overall enrollment, and those age 30 or above account for nearly one-third of the total enrollment.
Approximately 60 percent of Cincinnati State’s students attend school part time, she said, reflecting the college’s longstanding tradition of serving those who are working and/or raising families while earning a degree.
Foster noted that participation in online and hybrid courses (a mix on online and traditional classroom instruction) is growing. About 20 percent of all courses now taken at Cincinnati State feature an online component.
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Cincinnati State offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs in business technologies, health and public safety, engineering technologies, humanities and sciences and information technologies. Cincinnati State has one of the most comprehensive co-op programs among two-year colleges in the U.S.