PIQUA — For the past three years, Edison State Community College has met or exceeded its increased enrollment goals, tracking more than 4,000 students annually.
This fall is no exception, as the college has continued to witness an upward trend in enrollment, experiencing a 12 percent increase in overall head count and a 15 percent increase in credit hours.
“We are so pleased to see this increase in enrollment, which is a direct result of the talent and hard work of the staff and faculty at Edison State,” said Edison State Provost Chris Spradlin. “They take great pride in delivering outstanding service and high-quality education to our students and community partners, and they move quickly to anticipate and respond to the changing needs of the businesses and secondary schools in our region.”
The increase in enrollment has been driven by a few significant factors including College Credit Plus enrollment, online enrollment and new and diverse academic offerings.
“These efforts have yielded modest advances in enrollment in previous semesters but are now producing significant growth this fall, even at a time when most other colleges are facing enrollment declines,” added Spradlin.
The number of students taking online courses has also spiked this fall. By broadening the number of online courses offered, students may now complete an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science without stepping foot on campus.
“We have experienced considerable gains in our online courses; our arts and sciences classes, many of which are offered through our College Credit Plus Program; our engineering and manufacturing courses; our accounting, marketing and business courses; and our social services and peace officer academy classes,” Spradlin said.
Edison State has offered new degree options in agriculture, banking, cybersecurity and numerous short-term technical certificates designed to give students the skills needed to enter a new career field or advance in their current roles.
“The Edison State difference is our core belief in partnerships,” said Edison State President Dr. Doreen Larson. “We use the same strategy of individualization and flexibility with our business partners as we do with each student and their family to deliver the education that is best in each situation. True partnerships involve a lot of give and take by all parties, and most importantly, they set aside institutional convenience in support of student success.
“At Edison State, we have applied extra time, energy and expertise to take a new approach in delivering college education and abandoned the cookie-cutter method. In doing so, we have observed the student benefit which continues to motivate us to work even harder and take innovative approaches to fulfill our mission.”