Faith LaShure, dean for enrollment management, said the number of students attending classes at the colleges campuses in Sugar Grove and Aurora increased 4.1 percent during the 2012-13 school year, which included the 2012 summer session, 2012 fall semester and 2013 spring semester, stretching from May 2012-May 2013.
While down compared to the fall semester, student headcount for the spring semester increased 3.7 percent versus spring 2012, LaShure
The number of classes being taken, as measured in semester hours, also increased by 3.2 percent during the last school year, LaShure
Our numbers last year were solid, definitely solid, she
The increase continued a trend of enrollment growth at the college over the past decade.
In the 10 years leading up to the past school year, semester credit hours taken at the college increased by 66 percent, college officials said.
credited the growth to several factors, including adults enrolled in degree and certificate programs, high school students earning college credit through the colleges dual credit program, and others enrolled in Waubonsees adult basic education, General Education Development test and English As a Second Language courses.
Last year, the average age of Waubonsee students was 28 years old, LaShure
said the college at this point cannot forecast what its enrollment will be during the fall semester.
But, to date, she
estimated summer 2013 enrollment had increased by about 2 percent in comparison to summer 2012.