University System Marks Record Spring Headcount Enrollment
BISMARCK, N.D. - Spring headcount enrollment in North Dakota's public colleges and universities reached an all-time high in 2008, according to information provided by the North Dakota University System Office.
A total of 39,968 students have enrolled for the spring semester. Although spring headcount enrollment has been more than 39,000 for the past several years, 339 more students (0.85 percent) are enrolled for Spring 2008 compared to Spring 2007.
"The Roundtable on Higher Education established expectations that the North Dakota University System would be accessible to more students and would meet the Ďany time, any place' needs of today's learners," said Bill Goetz, NDUS chancellor. "The fact that the University System is maintaining steady enrollment at a time when the number of traditional-age students in North Dakota is declining shows that our institutions have become more responsive to the people we serve."
The strong spring enrollment numbers include roughly 16,500 on-line course registrations, an increase of about 20 percent since Fall Semester 2007. Also included are 15,583 non-resident students, which compares to 15,161 in Spring 2007. In addition to tuition and fees, each non-resident student spends about $9,000 per year in the state. Previous studies have shown that about 30 percent of non-resident students stay in the state after college graduation.
Although the NDUS is serving a record number of students in Spring 2008, full-time equivalent enrollment (total undergraduate student credit hours divided by 15; total graduate credit hours divided by 12) declined slightly compared to Spring 2007. Spring 2008 FTE enrollment decreased by 59 students (.2 percent), which is an indication that more students are enrolling in college on a part-time basis.
In 2000, private and public sector members of the Roundtable on Higher Education defined expectations of the NDUS and said the University System should play a larger role in enhancing the economic and social vitality of North Dakota.