UACCM Spring Enrollment Sets Record

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton has reported a record-setting enrollment of 1576 students for the spring 2007 semester, an increase of almost 2.5 percent above the spring 2006 semester. The official report was submitted to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) on the 11th class day.  
Full-time students make up 64 percent of the student body. Thirty-six percent are considered part-time students, enrolled in courses ranging from 1 to 11 credit hours. 
Students enrolled in technical, business, health, and service-related occupational programs account for 45 percent of the student body. Students pursing Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, two-year degrees designed for university-transfer, also account for 45 percent of credit students. The remaining 10 percent are non-degree seeking students, undeclared majors, and concurrently enrolled high school students.
The average age of total student enrollment is 25 years of age. Students residing in Conway County make up 24.2 percent of UACCM students. The remainder of the student body is comprised of individuals from Faulkner County, 40.4 percent; Pope County, 14.4 percent; Perry County, 6.4 percent; Van Buren County, 7.4 percent; Yell County, 4.4 percent; and counties outside UACCM’s bordering service area, 2.8 percent. 
According to UACCM Director of Institutional Advancement Mary Clark, for most colleges and universities, spring enrollment numbers are generally not as high as those during fall semesters. Clark says higher education institutions don’t have the influx of graduating high school seniors from the previous school year who typically enroll during the fall semesters. That fact, combined with the decrease in enrollment due to large numbers of December graduates, usually causes enrollment numbers to fall slightly in the spring. 
However, Clark says college officials are pleased with the enrollment numbers for spring. Clark stated, “Our growth as a college over the past 15 years shows that more and more people value the importance of a college education. Through our affordability and accessibility, more people are able to pursue a college degree. As we continue to see this growth, not only locally as a college but as a system of two-year colleges across the state, there won’t be any question about the continued economic impact that it creates.”
The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton is a two-year, public college located in Morrilton. Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, UACCM provides a comprehensive curriculum of university-transfer and technical and career-oriented programs, as well as adult education, community outreach, and workforce education programs.


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