CARTERVILLE — Enrollment figures have declined the last few semesters from record highs attained in 2009 and 2010, and John A. Logan College administrators and board members are examining the matter.
“We want to continue recruiting those students available. The population seems stable in our area. We’re not growing,” said Tim Daugherty, vice president of administration at JALC.
Daugherty was asked to comment recently about what administrators and board members foresee in the makeup of future JALC student populations in regard to the college’s “Logan at 50: A Strategic Plan for 2017 and Beyond.”
Although the plan looks at vital factors such as financing, tutoring and student orientation five years from now and beyond, many of the factors involve student population and enrollments.
Tuition costs and the economy are likely to arise in future scenarios, and they are something administrators have already worked with board members to address.
The board approved a recommendation from administrators during a January meeting not to raise tuition for the 2013 school year.
Daugherty said his recommendation for such an action came after administrators saw the same number of students were enrolling each semester, but for fewer credit hours.
JALC also hopes dual credit courses for high school students will prove attractive.
Many high school students are eligible to take courses through their high school curriculums and JALC that count toward both their high school and college educations.
What’s enticing about the opportunity is the classes are provided free through community colleges such as Logan, Daugherty said.
“Dual credit courses provide opportunities for students to get a leg up on college and help parents out, since high school students remain at home. This is growing statewide and getting national attention,” Daugherty said.