Nov. 5 – Fort Valley State University is one of several University System of Georgia institutions seeing an increase in fall 2015 enrollment over last year, according to a USG report released early today.
FVSU’s enrollment of 2,695 was a 3.9 percent increase over last year’s 2,594 students.
Dr. Jessica Bailey, interim FVSU president, said she was elated the Middle Georgia land-grant institution was able to reverse a downward trend in enrollment.
“The increase on first glance may not seem like a large percentage, but it reflects all the hard work undertaken by everyone at FVSU to reverse a downward trend,” Bailey said. “We will continue working hard to attract college-ready students to Fort Valley State by aggressively telling our story, marketing the institution and perfecting our academic programs to allow our students to be marketable and relevant for today’s job market.”
The report highlighted trends at the system’s 30 colleges and universities – representing 318,164 students – which is an increase of 1.7 percent (or 5,228 more students) over fall 2014. This fall’s enrollment continues a trend, for two years in a row, of increasing student enrollment in the University System of Georgia.
“We are encouraged by the year over year increase in our fall enrollment, but this is just the beginning and we still have work ahead of us to continually increase the number of Georgians with college degrees,” said Chancellor Hank Huckaby. “We are staying focused on our Complete College Georgia initiative, and will continue our efforts to recruit and retain students, and fully support them through their completion of college.”
The enrollment numbers were released in the System’s “Fall 2015 Semester Enrollment Report,” which breaks down enrollment by institution, class, race and ethnicity, in-state, out-of-state and international students, as well as gender and age.
“To help make college more accessible, we have expanded the ways to earn a degree and are experiencing growth with on-line courses and dual enrollment for high school students,” said Huckaby. “We continue to see signs of progress with these initiatives in the 2015 fall semester enrollment.”
Since 2009, the number of on-line courses offered by University System of Georgia institutions has increased from 1,571 to roughly 6,200.
Dual enrollment, which allows students to earn college credit while in high school, increased from 6,700 students in fall 2014 to 7,916 students in fall 2015, a more than 18 percent increase. The increase can be attributed to the Move on When Ready program, which streamlined dual enrollment programs and removed financial barriers to participation for students.
Meanwhile, enrollment patterns varied by the institutions of the University System of Georgia. Eighteen institutions recorded enrollment increases, while twelve institutions experienced declines.
The full enrollment report can be accessed at:http://www.usg.edu/research/documents/enrollment_reports/SER_Fall_2015.pdf
The USG Office of Communications contributed to this report.
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