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July Student Numbers Up;
LCSC Officials Look for Count to Climb
LEWISTON—With the start of fall semester classes just weeks
away, Lewis-Clark State Officials are optimistic. In spite of months of dour
budget news from the state, student application and enrollment figures at
the college have shown a continual upswing.
As the numbers came in for the fourth week in July, the LCSC Registrar’s
Office reported a student head count of 2284. The number of students has
been steadily climbing since April and is likely to continue the upward
trend through August.
Last year at this time, the college reported a head count of 2252, following
a count of 2156 for fall of year 2000.
Administrators were pleased with the numbers. Dr. Richard “Deacon” Meier,
Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management said, “We’re
glad to see people still investing in education as a way to improve their
College officials remain confident about being able to meet student needs on
their reduced budget. Some courses were lost when administrators were forced
to weigh numbers of students benefiting against the cost of keeping the
classes on the roster. However, the overriding goal was always to preserve
the quality of the educational experience offered. President Dene Thomas
said, “The budget cuts were painful and difficult to absorb, but we looked
to our mission, identified and preserved our core strength areas, and have
found ways to offer outstanding educational opportunities to our region’s
Lewis-Clark State is unique in the mix of learning opportunities it
provides, offering undergraduate studies in liberal arts and sciences, as
well as in professional and applied technical programs. “People of all ages,
from all backgrounds and interest areas come here to develop skills that
support communities of all sizes,” Meier said.
In September the college will report its all-important “ten-day figures.”
Those figures are used in the process of calculating funding the college and
other Idaho institutions will receive. The numbers are released following
the 10th day of classes after the semester begins.