PIQUA — For the past five semesters, Edison State Community College has met or exceeded its increased enrollment goals. Enrollment this spring has been no exception, as Edison State has experienced a 10 percent increase in overall headcount.
“The sustained enrollment increase at Edison State really speaks to our commitment to quality in all areas from our safe and well-maintained facilities, to our expert faculty and through to our effective support services,” said Edison State President Dr. Doreen Larson.
The college’s increase in enrollment has been driven by two major factors: College Credit Plus (CCP) enrollment and an increase in enrollment at the Darke County Campus.
Since the State of Ohio launched CCP in 2014, Edison State has experienced a consistent increase in enrollment. This spring, CCP students accounted for 32 percent of the College’s overall enrollment. CCP affords students the opportunity to earn college and high school credit concurrently, accelerating their college careers at little to no cost to them.
“More and more students are graduating with an associate degree before graduating from high school,” said Velina Bogart, Coodinator of College Credit Plus. “This is a goal that many students are setting as taking advantage of this program can knock off two years of a bachelor’s degree.”
Similarly, the Darke County Campus has experienced dramatic growth. Compared to this time last year, the campus has seen a 21 percent increase in headcount and a 32 percent increase in credit hours. These numbers are attributed to an increase in adult and online learners. Additionally, the number of CCP students taking classes at the Darke County Campus has more than doubled since last spring.
“We recognize what our community needs and strive to provide programming and services to better the lives of the those we serve,” said Chad Beanblossom, dean of Darke County Campus.
Also contributing to the growth are expanded program offerings including an Associate of Applied Science in Agriculture and a certificate in Equipment Maintenance Technology.
“We are constantly looking for new ways to impact our community in positive ways, and with this strategy, I anticipate continued growth of the Darke County Campus well into the future,” added Beanblossom.
Edison State intends to maintain growth through strategic priorities that focus on non-traditional students for new enrollments, converting CCP students to degree completers once they graduate from high school, and increasing retention through the adoption of the guided pathways model.