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WC sets new enrollment record

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Weatherford College set another enrollment record this year with a total enrollment of 6,406 students for the Fall 2018 semester.

This is up just over 1 percent from last year’s growth of 12.9 percent. As with last year’s figures, the largest increase is in the arena of dual credit which accounts for nearly one third of the student population.

“I am very pleased that our college has set another all-time enrollment record,” said WC President Dr. Tod Allen Farmer. “Our people have worked very hard to balance strategic growth while continuing to emphasize student success, and I am proud of their efforts. Weatherford College changes lives because of our exceptional faculty and staff, our strong support from the community and because of the cohesion and commitment from our Board of Trustees.”

Administration did not expect to exceed last years’ enrollment figures due to the strategic consolidation of a number of small class sections and a more limited late registration window that was implemented to improve student success and reduce costs.

“I am especially encouraged by the continued growth in light some important changes regarding small class sections and late registration,” Farmer said. “Unprecedented collaboration between faculty and administration resulted in significant cost savings, freeing up resources for other areas of need. By employing enrollment management techniques and enforcing existing policies we collaboratively improved the overall financial position of the college and transitioned to a strategic growth model.”

The number of online students increased 4.8 percent year-to-year to 2,122 and dual credit jumped 13.4 percent to 2,074 students while on-campus enrollment remained relatively flat across the system.

“The 2018-19 Academic Year is off to a great start,” Farmer said. “I look forward to meeting many of our students at all four of our campuses throughout the system.”