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Lake Land's spring total enrollment up 7.0 percent

Lake Land's spring total enrollment up 7.0 percent


Lake Land students Savannah Marty, Kelli Walker and Shelby Stewart talk with each other Friday morning in the Northwest Building at Lake Land College in Mattoon.

MATTOON — Lake Land College's total student headcount enrollment has increased by 7.0 percent this spring in comparison to the 2018 spring semester.

Lake Land's Board of Trustees heard this figure as part of a presentation on the spring 2019 10th-day enrollment summary during its meeting Monday night. The summary showed that total headcount enrollment increased by 7.0 percent, 327 students, from 4,684 in spring 2018 to 5,011 this spring.

The summary also showed that the total for non-degree students increased by 28.4 percent, 509 students, from 1,795 in spring 2018 to 2,304 this spring. The new vice president for student services, Beth Gerl, said during the presentation that non-degree students include those in high school dual credit, transfer credit, and skills development classes.

Gerl said much of the increase in non-degree students was due to Jim Hull, vice president for workforce solutions and community education, arranging for Lake Land to provide CPR training for Illinois Department of Corrections employees. Hull said IDOC had contracted with Lake Land for CPR classes in the past and has now resumed this practice.

The summary showed that a total of 1,703 students, 34 percent, of the 5,011 enrolled at Lake Land this spring fit the definition of "non-traditional" age, which is age 23 and older. This is an increase of 415 in this age group compared to spring 2018.

"The increase is largely due to the new contract for short-term training for Department of Corrections employees," Gerl said.

For the non-degree category, Lake Land's total full-time equivalent credit hour enrollment increased by 4.1 percent from 699.6 credit hours in spring 2018 to 728.4 this spring. The college's total full-time equivalent credit hour enrollment for all student categories did decrease by 3.6 percent from 3,088.6 in spring 2018 to 2,977.6 this spring.

The summary showed that a total of 3,308 students, 66 percent, of the 5,011 enrolled this spring fit the definition of "traditional age" college students, which is up through age 22. There are 88 fewer students in this age group compared to spring 2018.

Gerl said Lake Land, like its peer colleges in Illinois, continues to face challenges of high school student populations declining and many college students seeking their education out of state. Still, she said Lake Land has enrolled 629, 56 percent, of the 1,122 students who graduated from district high schools in 2018 and then enrolled in college.

"Again, the data shows that Lake Land College is number one," Gerl said.

Gerl noted that Indiana State University in Terre Haute has moved up to second place by enrolling 57 of these students, 5 percent, slightly more than Eastern Illinois University. She said Indiana State offers in-state tuition for Illinois students.

Trustee Doris Reynolds asked about looking into enhancing transfer opportunities with Indiana State. Gerl said there also might be opportunities to offer summer courses for local students of Indiana State while they are home on break.

Actions taken by the board at Monday's meeting included:

-- Hiring CCIMW, LLC of St. Charles, Mo. for $49,585 to paint the nearly 250 campus light poles. The light poles will be painted black, a school color, to match the wayfinding signs and the new digital sign on campus.

--Hiring Carpet Weaver's Commercial of Champaign for $41,850 to replace carpeting in the commons areas, several offices, and three classrooms in the West building through state deferred maintenance funding.

-- Adding Pauly's BBQ of Arthur to the list of approved caterers for Lake Land.

Contact Rob Stroud at (217) 238-6861. Follow him on Twitter: @TheRobStroud


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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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