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June 25, 2013

Ivy Tech growth may level off locally

Collegewide, there’s a serious funding concern

SELLERSBURG —

 Increased enrollment, another record graduating class and continued growth at Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg have kept the school going strong in the 2012-13 school year.

But even though Rita Hudson Shourds, chancellor, said enrollment could experience a dip for fall, she’s not worried about how next year is going to look for the campus.

“We’re very happy with where we ended [spring 2013],” Hudson Shourds said. “We think that for the most part, with the recession being primarily over and more people going back to work, we think we’re at a leveling-off period in terms of our enrollment. We know with a recession, people go back to school and vice versa.”

She said in comparison to spring enrollment in 2006 at about 3,500 students, that number has almost doubled, with more than 6,000 enrolled at the end of this past semester.

The numbers still hold up in year-over-year and semester-over-semester comparisons. In spring 2012, 5,805 students were enrolled and in fall 2012, 5,418 students were enrolled.

Hudson Shourds said she thought enrollment may stay close to where it is now for fall 2013, but the school will continue to work on getting more students through their doors.

“We think [enrollment’s] kind of where it is,” Hudson Shourds said. “You’ll see us continue to advertise. We continue to reach out to the high schools. We’ve had great reception from all the local school superintendents. We actually have, now, a college liaison in several of the high schools in Greater Clark and also in New Albany [Floyd County].”

 

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But students in high school also count toward enrollment through the dual-credit program. Students in high school classes can earn credit, at no cost, to an Ivy Tech college.

Hudson Shourds said in the seven-county region her campus represents, that brings about 9,000 students on the books.

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