HC enrollment, contact hours flagging slightly

Roger Cline
Staff Writer

Howard College's enrollment numbers and contact hours were down this past year, College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks reported to the Howard College Board of Trustees at its meeting Monday.
Sparks told the board that the enrollment "head count" numbers – the total number of students enrolled in the college – was down 9 percent in 2017-18 from the 2016-17 numbers. Contact hours – the number of classroom hours students are enrolled for – is down only 3 percent, she added. The numbers represent an average for the entire Howard College District, which includes Howard's Lamesa, San Angelo, and South West Collegiate Institute for the Deaf campuses.
One significant area where numbers are dropping is high school dual-credit enrollment.
"Particularly in our San Angelo campus, it's being impacted because ASU is now participating in dual credit in that area, and they have the Carr Scholarship Program, so students are able to get the Carr Scholarship to be able to take the dual credit," Sparks said.
Numbers are down in Big Spring as well, and Sparks credits that decline to a shift in student advising philosophy.

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