LCSC sets another all-time spring enrollment record
LEWISTON, Idaho -- Lewis-Clark State College continues to take on a bigger role in Idaho`s higher education by recording its eighth straight semester of record enrollment, college officials announced on Wednesday.
LCSC`s strong and healthy enrollment growth jumped by an impressive 7.9 percent from a year ago when it was announced that spring enrollment for the college was at 4,213 students, according to the college's 10th day report.
It marks the first time LCSC has had more than 4,000 students enrolled in the spring semester and only the second time LCSC has had more than 4,200 students. The all-time enrollment record came last fall with 4,542 students.
During the last four years, LCSC`s spring enrollment has increased by nearly 1,000 students. LCSC has had at least a 6.6 percent growth in each of the past six semesters.
Last fall, LCSC had 3,915 students enrolled, which was an 8.7 percent increase over the Spring 2009 enrollment of 3,601. That total was a 7.6 percent increase from the previous spring.
Although exact figures are yet available, LCSC administrators credit the college`s growing numbers to better retention numbers. LCSC, under interim president Tony Fernandez, has initiated a more aggressive retention plan during the past year to keep current students enrolled and help them earn their degree.
"I`m very pleased we continue to set records in total enrollment, but even more pleased that our retention rate is increasing," Fernandez said. "This is due to the continuing efforts of faculty and the Student Services staff."
"Our spring numbers are a clear reflection of LCSC`s commitment to providing access to post-secondary education - a goal that we take very seriously," LCSC Dean of Student Services Andy Hanson said.
All state schools are required to file 10th-day reports to the State Board of Education. All school enrollment figures are based on the numbers on the 10th day of school. The 10th day of classes at LCSC this spring was Monday, Jan. 24.
LCSC set numerous spring enrollment records this semester, including a full-time equivalency rate of 2,969.33 students, an increase of nearly 200 students from a year ago. LCSC also set spring records for headcount in its academic programs (2,970 students) and Professional-Technical programs (1,243). The latter is the second time the spring count has been more than 1,000 students.
LCSC also set spring semester records for both male and female headcount, full-time students, freshmen and seniors.
LCSC-Coeur d`Alene also set an all-time enrollment mark with 435 students, topping the 429 total from the fall.
"Our numbers illustrate our college`s commitment to meeting students where they are and providing them with the best education we can," Hanson said. "Over 10 percent of our headcount represents students who are obtaining their education via our Coeur d`Alene Center. Equally, we continue to see an increase in the number of students opting to take classes online. LCSC prides itself on delivering education in myriad ways to accommodate the many needs of our students."
LCSC has nearly 500 students, including 202 at LC-Coeur d`Alene, who are enrolled solely in online classes.
The Nursing & Health Sciences Division continues to be the most popular academic program with 569 students, followed by the Business Division at 538.
Female students continue to make up a majority of the LCSC student population at nearly 61 percent. The female headcount is at 2,566, compared to 1,647 males.
LCSC also continues to get younger as the average age of a student continues to slightly drop. The average age is 25.36 years old, down almost a full year from the 2008 spring enrollment as more traditional students enroll. LCSC has 1,683 freshmen enrolled this spring, up almost 500 students from three years ago.
LCSC officials also report more than $16 million was awarded in financial aid, scholarships, waivers, and external agency funding this spring.