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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Crowder enrollment numbers up

  • Crowder College has reported record enrollment numbers again this semester.
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  • Crowder College has reported record enrollment numbers again this semester.
    With a total of 5,590 students currently enrolled, Crowder has seen a 3.33 percent or an 180 student increase from count day at this time last year. 
    Though the number of students enrolled at Crowder College has continued to grow, the extent of that growth has slowed in the past two years. 
    “It looks like sort of a leveling off time,” said Jim Riggs, Crowder’s director of admissions.
    Last September, the college reported a 3.6 percent increase in enrollment, up from 5,219 in 2010.
    Riggs said the last time student enrollment leveled off was in 2003, and since that time, the college has seen dramatic growth, often as much as double-digit figures.
    “It’s been very consistent growth for several years now,” Riggs said.
    He said any increase in enrollment is welcome, especially at a time when several colleges are reporting decreases in college enrollment numbers.
    In the fall semester of 2010, Crowder reported an 18 percent enrollment increase, up from 4,407 students enrolled in September 2009.
    Though this year’s figures may seem small in comparison, Dr. Alan Marble, Crowder president, said Crowder is pleased with the current growth.
    “We’re just happy that enrollment numbers are holding steady,” Marble said.
    With an additional 180 students taking classes from Crowder this semester, the college has also seen an increase in the number of credit hours enrolled in this semester.
    The 1.71 percent increase in credit hours has also resulted in a Crowder College record, with a total of 51,989 credit hours recorded for this semester.
    Riggs said the largest amount of growth has been seen in Crowder sites outside of Neosho, including Cassville, Nevada and Webb City locations.
    He said the Crowder nursing program, which opened a new facility this semester in Pineville, has also accounted for a portion of the increased enrollment.
    “Enrollment in McDonald County has grown considerably,” Riggs said.
    Marble said he attributes the consistent enrollment numbers to the value and accessibility offered by Crowder.
    “Geography does matter,” Marble said.
    In addition to its four campuses, Crowder also offers classes in Carthage, Monett, Greenfield, Lamar and Mt. Vernon.
    The college is also getting closer to opening a new campus in McDonald County, and expects to break ground at that site in the Spring of 2013.
    The new campus will be located on Larry Neff Drive, in Jane.
    As of last month, $1.3 million of the $1.5 million needed to build the new college site had been raised.

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