With a rise in tuition, you wouldn’t expect the outcome that El Paso Community College had this fall semester.
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Student enrollment for this fall semester is 28,409, which is a 1.64 percent (457 students) increase from the fall 2014 semester.
For the first time in four years EPCC’s enrollment increased, the last one being fall 2011.
Nationally, community colleges (47 out of 50 in Texas) have seen a decline over the past few years.
According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC), nationwide there has been a 6 percent drop rate in community college enrollment within the last year and a 1.8 percent drop rate in Texas.
“We are extremely pleased that our efforts to create a college-going culture are proving fruitful,” said Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President.
The student enrollment for this fall semester is 28,409, which is a 1.64 percent (457 students) increase from the fall 2014 semester.
In 2013, under the leadership of EPCC President William Serrata and the EPCC Cabinet, an Enrollment Services Task Force (ESTF) was created to address the enrollment decline.
The ESTF is comprised of many departments of the college that deal with the student population.
Instruction, Student Services, Information Technology and Marketing are areas that are addressed by the ESTF.
Part of the increase is due to the college's connections with the area's high schools.
“The over 450 student increase this fall is a tribute to our collaborative efforts with our Independent School District partners,” said Serrata, “The increase in Dual Credit enrollment has been a focus not only at EPCC but also at The Collaborative for College Readiness that Dr. Natalicio leads at UTEP and in partnership with Region 19, our ISD partners, ADP and the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce.”
EPCC’s teamwork with high schools includes: free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) nights co-sponsored by EPCC, Dual Credit, EPCC’s eight Early College High Schools and direct advertising to the student population.
The enrollment increase emphasizes EPCC’s commitment to student success and its role as an Aspen Prize Top Ten Community College.
EPCC plans to continue its work to promote student success and its benchmark educational programs to the El Paso community.