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Enrollment down, dual-enrollment up at West Shore Community College

February 21, 2019

VICTORY TWP. — Although overall enrollment is down this semester at West Shore Community College from what it’s been in past winters, dual-enrollment and online courses are on the rise.

The total head count is 1,021 students this semester, which is a decrease of 8.1 percent compared to winter 2018, according to the enrollment report Mark Kinney, WSCC vice president of academics and student services, presented to the college’s board of trustees Monday. Likewise, the total number of credits that students are taking this semester — 8,329 credits — swung downward by 9 percent.

Enrollment has been ebbing slowly in recent winters, down from a high of 1,311 in 2015, to 1,190 in 2016, then up slightly to 1,201 in 2017, then down again to 1,111 in 2018.

“This is down a little bit from where we have been in the past, but you’ll also notice ... it’s a statewide and actually a national trend (that) enrollment has been declining at community colleges. A lot of times that is connected to the unemployment rate,” Kinney told the board.

To read the full story, check out the print or E-edition of Wednesday’s Ludington Daily News.