DAYTON, Ohio (03/29/11) – Sinclair College began its spring term yesterday for students studying in college degree and transfer programs. The college is experiencing a record-setting spring term enrollment in online courses, of students enrolled in the learning centers, and of student who are the first-generation in their family to attend college. With an overall first day enrollment of 23,307 students, Sinclair marks the second highest spring headcount enrollment on record (spring 2010 headcount enrollment was the highest with 24,073). This spring term enrollment is 16% above levels seen just three years ago.
Sinclair’s strategy to increase access to college courses continues to succeed. First day enrollment levels indicate significant growth over 2010 enrollment levels:
• The Courseview Campus Center in Mason is up by 13%
• The Huber Heights Learning Center is up by 8%
• Preble County Learning Center in Eaton is up by 23%
• Online enrollment up by 7%
The number of first generation students (the first in their family to attend college) is at a spring term high of 8,676 students (2% above the previous spring term high water mark reached in spring 2010).
Sinclair continues to enroll extraordinary numbers of students. Over the levels seen just three years ago, student enrollment has increased signif icantly in the following demographic categories (since spring of 2008):
• 39% increase in first generation students
• 28% increase in students ages 25 or older
• 23% increase in African American students
The largest individual programs of study in terms of enrollment this spring are Liberal Arts (with 1,462 students), Business Management (with 916 students), Criminal Justice (with 449 students), and Nursing (with 413 students).
"Sinclair continues to operate with expanded capacity to accommodate the regional need for quality and affordable higher education," said Dr. Steven Johnson, president of Sinclair. "Future enrollment levels will likely subside with improvement in the jobs economy, as more part time students go back to full time work. However, Sinclair is still seeing elevated levels of student demand."
In addition to college credit and transfer instruction, Sinclair’s Workforce Development (WFD) division is serving more employers and continuing education students than ever. Last year, Sinclair WFD served 12,149 individuals. The college is anticipating a 3% to 5% increase in the number of individuals trained during 2011.
As students drop and add class over the next several days the data listed above will fluctuate slightly from the final numbers which will be reported to the Ohio Board of Regents on April 12, 2011.