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September 2010

TCC, OPSU, OSU-OKC Show High Enrollments

 

OSU-OKC Howdy Week
OSU-Oklahoma City’s fall semester has the largest number of students on record. Pictured are OSU-OKC students Erika Glyckherr and Leah Geiser enjoying Howdy Week activities alongside the Snow Man.

Several Oklahoma colleges and universities are showing increased enrollments.

Tulsa Community College has the largest enrollment in its 41-year history, driven in part by an increase in the number of individuals seeking certificates and degrees in health programs.

TCC reports 20,042 students enrolled for fall classes, its fourth fall increase in four years. It is up 858 students from the same time a year ago. The 4 percent enrollment increase was especially felt at TCC’s Metro Campus, which has an 8 percent increase in students on campus this semester.

“With a college our size, consecutive growth over four years is significant. Even with the state’s budget constraints, we have worked very hard to offer premier programs at affordable tuition rates,” said Tom McKeon, TCC president.

Officials credit the increase to high demand for health programs and an increased retention of existing students. TCC recently ranked 34th nationally among all two-year colleges for the number of health-related degrees awarded.

“TCC has experienced a recent increase in the number of qualified applicants for our nursing and allied health services programs,” said Midge Elliott, dean of Health Sciences at TCC’s Metro Campus. “The high demand for jobs in nursing and health-related fields in addition to our high quality and low cost programs makes a degree or certificate in health sciences very appealing to a variety of people.”

TCC has seen enrollment double for its certified nursing assistant and home health aide certifications in the last year. Medical terminology and medical laboratory technician classes are also full. Personalizing programs with individualized learning tracks, offering part-time programs for working adults, and family orientation classes have also increased the retention rates of students.

TCC also had an increase in its Tulsa Achieves enrollment, up 128 students from fall 2009 for a total of 1,637.

Oklahoma Panhandle State University's preliminary enrollment figures for the fall 2010 semester includes 1,393 individual students and 18,845 credit hours. The enrollment figure for individual students represents a 9.9 percent increase over fall 2009 while the credit hours reflect an 8.9 percent increase over last fall.

The current figures indicate the highest enrollment in the last 30 years. OPSU President David Bryant credits the increase to university-wide focus on student satisfaction. He said, "Our efforts in recruiting and retention have had a positive impact. I especially thank the High School and Community Relations and Admissions staff members and Enrollment Management Task Force as well as deans, advisors, faculty, coaches and other staff who provide excellent student service."

OSU-Oklahoma City’s fall semester has the largest number of students on record. As of the first day of class, OSU-OKC had more than 7,639 students, which is a 5.8 percent increase over the first day of class last year. Throughout the first week of school, students had the opportunity to enjoy exciting activities, entertainment and free food during Howdy Week: Best Week Ever, an annual weeklong event welcoming students back to campus.

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