Thursday, November 27, 2014

Owens falling faster than other community colleges: Enrollment drop among worst in Ohio - NOLAN ROSENKRANS, Toledo Blade

Since 2009, when Owens Community College saw its highest levels of enrollment, only Belmont College in eastern Ohio’s Belmont County has faced a faster rate of decline. Since 2009, when Owens Community College saw its highest levels of enrollment, only Belmont College in eastern Ohio’s Belmont County has faced a faster rate of decline. Owens Community College’s sinking enrollment, which will likely place it next year under fiscal watch, is not unique in Ohio, but its scale is. Enrollment at Ohio’s public two-year colleges has dropped since an upswing tied to the recession, with student counts at community colleges down nearly across the board. But Owens’ plummet outpaces nearly all of them, and shows its struggles in recent years is not simply a reversion to the mean. Statewide, Ohio community college enrollment is down 18.5 percent since 2010 and has dropped about 15 percent since 2009, when enrollment peaked. Only four of the 23 community colleges in the state have seen enrollment increases during that time. http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2014/11/17/Owens-falling-faster-than-other-community-colleges.html

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