Big Bend fall quarter enrollment up slightly

Fall quarter enrollment at Big Bend Community College was slightly higher than enrollment in fall 2015. Summer quarter 2016 enrollment was up in terms of students on campus, but there were slightly fewer full-time students in summer 2016 as compared to 2015. Enrollment information was reviewed at the meeting of BBCC trustees Oct. 27.

Fall quarter students were counted on the 10th day of classes, but the actual numbers for fall quarter were not available. Overall enrollment was up 1.5 percent when compared with fall 2015, the report said.

Enrollment in the college’s academic degree programs, adult basic education, and English as a Second Language classes were up, the report said. There was, however, a 5 percent decrease in the number of full-time equivalent students in the college’s professional-technical programs.

The college’s Running Start program has 420 high school students taking one or more classes, an increase of 51 from the same period in 2015. Running Start allows qualifying high school students to take college classes without paying tuition. Running Start students are required to pay other fees, however.

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