Sauk sees increase in spring enrollment
DIXON – Spring enrollment is up at Sauk Valley Community College, a welcome change to the downward trend of past years.
Preliminary enrollment numbers as of Sunday put Sauk at 1,973 students, about 4.5 percent higher than this time last year when the count was 1,888 students, said Joe Bright, Sauk’s director of research and planning.
The number of recent high school graduates attending Sauk is up, as well as the number of athletes and former students from the Whiteside Area Career Center.
Noncredit business and community education enrollment increased by 62 students, from 128 to 190 students.
Total spring credit hours are down about 1.4 percent compared to last year, from 15,151.5 to 14,397.5, but paid enrollment is up 14.2 percent.
Traditional students, those younger than 24, have increased by about 8 percent from 767 to 828 students, but the nontraditional student numbers decreased by 11.8 percent, or 60 students.
Nontraditional student numbers are lower when the economy is good, Bright said.
Fall enrollment numbers have been on a 5-year decline.
The number of full-time equivalent students totaled 1,028 in the fall, a 6 percent drop from fall 2017, but it follows the average decline compared to neighboring colleges, Bright said.