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TIPSS #11 – Thirty Years of Credit Enrollment — 2 Comments

  1. Something started the sustained enrollment decline in 2003-2004. From 2003-2008 (5 years) enrollment never regained the 3% growth rate. Until the surge started in 2008, there was no growth. The surge looks huge because we lost approx 15% in the previous 5 years. What can we do? Look at which programs are not working and either fix them (likely require new leadership) or discontinue them. Look at which programs are working and support their growth. Start new programs: beer industry, Drupal certification, computer networking, bicycle industry, language intensives. What makes the 21st-century economy tick? What does the 21st-century student need to know? What does the 21st-century faculty need to know to support these programs & students?

    • Claire, you make some very good points. I would add that 2002 was the year of a massive budget cutting scenario in which we closed some popular programs (Chemical Dependency Treatment comes to mind) and cut back on faculty and staff in most others, and went to Banner in 2003–with many changes to policies and procedures that made sense to Lane employees, but are not always obvious to students. I am hopeful that the current Student Affairs redesign process will help. However, drastic cuts in staff and faculty, which leads to less access for our student population in many ways, is probably a big part of this. One of the things we did during the enrollment surge was to add sections of commonly needed courses, and hire more faculty and in some cases staff.
      I agree with your assessment of new programs needed. I would add programs on Tiny Houses, Wine industry, and a “Maker Lab” with classes associated.

      There are also things we could do with technology that might help students follow more intuitively how to begin and stay on track–including online active checklists in myLane, form uploads in myLane that populate Banner, communication through automated text when students are at various points in their education, rather than emails or waiting for them to seek help, etc.

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