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MACC Experiences Historic Enrollment Increase

 

 

8/21/2009

Moberly Area Community College began classes Wednesday, August 19 with historic enrollment increases. As of the first day of classes, MACC enrollment is up 29 percent, totaling 5,865 students. For the first time in over 80 years of service, MACC has broken 50,000 credit hours for the fall semester enrollment. This means more students are taking more college classes in MACC’s 16 county service region than ever before.

MACC President Dr. Evelyn E. Jorgenson noted, “It’s a big challenge to deal with so much enrollment growth. Every facet of the college is affected. From the financial aid office to the Hound- Town Grill, there are more students with more needs, and it takes additional staffing and training to assure that the process is as smooth as possible.”

The most significant growth has been in MACC’s Internet courses. Internet is up 58 percent with a total of 1,204 students on the first day of classes. This is partially due to MACC’s online Associate of Arts degree accreditation which allows students to earn an AA completely online. It’s also due to the new web synchronous learning that the College has introduced. Elluminate offers a real-time classroom scenario completely online. Students are able to attend classes anywhere there is an Internet connection and can interact with the instructor who is teaching live and other classmates who are attending from their chosen locations. Elluminate allows students crucial immediate classroom interaction.

Other major growth areas were at the Mexico site, which saw a 34 percent growth with 536 students; the Columbia site with 25 percent growth totaling 1,672 students; MACC’s main campus in Moberly at a 21 percent increase with 1,597 students; the Kirksville site with an 18 percent increase totaling 372 students. A remarkable increase was the Hannibal site, which began classes with a 12 percent increase even though students had no idea for much of the summer where they would be attending classes due to an unexpected closure of the building MACC was leasing in Hannibal. The fact that there was no building didn’t stop 326 students from registering for fall classes. Renovations on an AT&T office building were completed days before the semester began, and the Hannibal students started classes on schedule.

MACC offers a wide variety of degree programs and certificates ranging from four months to two years in allied health, career and technical and general education fields. Students can take classes from seven locations and online. If you are interested in MACC programs, you can visit us at www.MACC.edu or call 660-263-4100.

 

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