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Subject: Looking at the Issues - 10/31/08 - Enrollment Growing at State Colleges and Universities and in Stark County
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October 31, 2008
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Dr. Adrienne O'Neill and Dr. Joseph Rochford attended the Ohio Grantmakers Forum 2008 Annual Conference in Cleveland on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 28-29.
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Enrollment Growing at State Colleges and Universities and in Stark County

After a period of little or no growth, we're accelerating combined enrollment at Ohio's public colleges and universities. - Chancellor Eric Fingerhut

Both Kent State University Stark and Stark State College of Technology contributed this fall to a second straight year of enrollment growth at Ohio's public colleges and universities, according to preliminary headcount figures released last week by the Ohio Board of Regents.

With a gain of 10.3% or 874 students, Stark State is at a record enrollment of 9,395 students. Kent Stark added 62 students at a 1.7% increase to reach a total enrollment of 3,639 students. Overall, enrollment at all public colleges and universities in the state reached 478,376, representing an increase of 2.7% or 12,520 students over the fall of 2007.

Following last year's increase of 1.9%, this second year of growth is a significant trend for Ohio. College enrollment was flat between 2005 and 2006 showing a slight growth rate of 0.3 percent. Between 2004 and 2005 the enrollment rate was actually down by 0.3 percent.

The new figures also show that Kent State Stark has the second largest student enrollment of any of the state's 24 university regional campuses while Stark State ranked third among the 23 community and technical colleges in the total number of students gained.*

KSU & SSCT-2007 & 2008 Enrollment

The Ohio Board of Regents has yet to publish private college enrollment. A future Issues will focus on this growth in Stark county.

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* Both preliminary headcounts and the enrollment rate chart may be obtained from the Ohio Board of Regents at: http://www.uso.edu/newsUpdates/media/releases/2008/10/OBRMediaRel_22Oct08.php
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