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NDUS reports stable total enrollment numbers

Posted on 10/23/2013

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Fall 2013 at the 11 colleges and universities that make up the North Dakota University System was stable. Fall 2013 headcount enrollment was 48,015, compared to 48,203 in Fall 2012, reflecting a slight decrease of 0.4 percent. Graduate student enrollment showed a notable increase of 6.7 percent. Community college enrollment picked up slightly (0.9 percent) while university enrollment was down slightly (0.7 percent).

"Our stable enrollment numbers are good news for North Dakota because national enrollment numbers are trending downward as is typical when the economy improves and people go back to work," said Interim Chancellor Larry C. Skogen. "Our fairly consistent enrollment in the heart of North Dakota's economic boom shows that our colleges and universities are offering valuable programs that are preparing our students for job opportunities right here in the state. In addition, with the support of the Governor and the Legislature, we've been able to keep the cost of education affordable as we work to take the quality to an even higher level."

Headcount enrollment is the total number of students enrolled at the 11 University System campuses, including all methods of instruction such as in the classroom and online. Enrollment can be measured in a number of ways, but headcount enrollment reporting is used for federal data collection and other national comparisons. The NDUS enrollment census date was Sept. 28, the 20th day of classes.

Two new features in this year's report

The State Board of Higher Education's initiative, Pathways to Student Success, is designed to help enhance the quality of higher education in North Dakota. It tasks system community colleges with the developmental course delivery responsibility for all university students, helping to ensure that students are successful in their college careers. Developmental courses are basic academic skills courses designed to prepare students to complete regular academic degree-credit courses. All NDUS courses numbered less than 100 are developmental courses. Students enrolled only in developmental courses at a campus are not included in the official enrollment count for a campus because those credits do not count toward a degree. However, this is an important new function for community colleges, so this year's report includes that information.

Community colleges are already serving 184 developmental students from NDUS universities, with 158 of the 184 enrolled at Dakota College at Bottineau. Information on students from other campuses enrolled only in developmental courses has been added to Table 1, attached.

Another new feature of this year's report is an "unduplicated" headcount total of students taking degree credit courses. The total of 48,015 students mentioned above reflects the sum of the 11 NDUS campus official enrollment reports as reported according to federal data collection requirements. In order to help students complete degrees in a timely manner, NDUS supports student enrollment on multiple campuses, so some students may be included in headcount numbers at more than one campus. Because 6,142 of the reported system total enrollments reflect students enrolled in degree credit courses on two or more system campuses, the "unduplicated" system headcount total is 41,873. This is the baseline year for reporting this new statistic as a part of the NDUS fall enrollment report.

"These numbers demonstrate the true collaboration that is going on within the university system, all to better serve the student," said Chancellor Skogen. "It shows we are not duplicating efforts, and we are working hard to get students the preparation and the classes they need to graduate in a timely and efficient manner. This helps get our graduates into the workforce and achieving their career goals."

Additional highlights from the headcount enrollment information are as follows:
  • 77.4 percent attend NDUS universities, 22.5 percent attend NDUS community colleges.
  • 51.6 percent report a North Dakota home address; 29.9 percent are from the contiguous states of Minnesota, Montana, and South Dakota; 0.9 percent are from Manitoba and Saskatchewan; and the remaining 17.5 percent include other out-of-state and international students.
  • 74.1 percent of the student body were traditional aged (24 years of age or younger), comparable to previous years.
  • Enrollment in online and IVN classes increased 7.9 percent.
The full report, including tribal and private college enrollment numbers, will be available on later this year.

2013 Fall Enrollment Summary

Bismarck State CollegeDakota College at BottineauDickinson State UniversityLake Region State CollegeMayville State UniversityMinot State UniversityNorth Dakota State College of ScienceNorth Dakota State UniversityUniversity of North DakotaValley City State UniversityWilliston State College
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