August 7, 2009
Cowley College sees boost in enrollment
A little less than two weeks before the start of the fall semester and
Cowley College has already passed last year’s total of students
enrolled. Compared to last year on this same date, each one of Cowley’s
Centers has seen an increase in enrollment.
The largest increase is seen at the college’s Bloomenshine Center in Mulvane. Last year at this time there were a total of 327 students enrolled at the Mulvane Center, while this year, there are more than 500 enrolled.
“We are very excited, our classrooms are full and we have been adding additional classes over the past week,” Mulvane Center Coordinator Cynthia Jones said. “We are fortunate to have student ambassadors in place to help with enrollment and want to make a positive impact on the community.”
The college’s on-line enrollment continues to grow leaps and bounds as it has doubled in size over the past four years and now stands at 679 FTE (full time equivalency).
On the Arkansas City campus, enrollment has already surpassed the 1,100 mark and is on pace to have its most students in four years. Also, all five dormitories are filled to capacity. However, students can be put on a waiting list in the event a dorm room becomes available.
The total FTE for the college currently stands at 2,424, an increase of 236 FTE from this same date a year ago. As impressive as these numbers are, enrollment is still underway with classes not slated to begin until Aug. 20.
The addition of two enrollment centers in Wichita has helped the college become more visible and has given potential students a way to find out more about the school.
According to Ben Schears, Cowley College executive director/enrollment and outreach services, during the month of June and the first part of July, Cowley College admissions representatives placed more than 2,500 phone calls to students that were enrolled at the school during the spring and summer semesters.
This, along with planned enrollment days and extended hours in the admissions office, played a large role in the boost in enrollment.
“Reaching out to those students and encouraging them to re-enroll has been helpful,” Schears said. “The economy has also played a part as has the two, one-stop centers, we opened in Wichita.”
Schears praised the work done by the admissions representatives.
“I do not think we would be where we are if they had not pitched in and done what they have,” Schears said.
Along with the college’s main campus in Arkansas City, Cowley has two centers in Mulvane, two enrollment centers in Wichita, and its Allied Health Center in Winfield.