Fall 2014 enrollment numbers at the Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) were just released and show the campus down 141 students, or 3% from the same time last year. Total headcount for fall 2014 is 4,273 students, down from 4,414; and Full Time Equivalent student count is 2,905, down about 1% from last year. Pegged at fourth week of the Fall term, the majority of decrease is due to fewer high school students taking Advanced Credit courses, and some slight decreases in other areas.
Oregon Tech President Chris Maples said, “On the heels of a 10% enrollment growth last year, our two-year enrollment rate shows an increase of 6%, which is a good, healthy enrollment trajectory. With the combination of a large graduating class this past June, decreases in most community college enrollment in Oregon, and flat high school graduates in the state, we still feel that we’re well within our targets for growth at Oregon Tech. I’m also really pleased that our returning student rate has increased since last year by over 3%, so the many efforts around retaining our students and increasing degrees are showing really positive outcomes for our students. We also continue to see growth in the diversity of Oregon Tech students, who come to us from every county and from wonderfully diverse backgrounds that enrich the campus and our communities.”
Maples added, “We also have some exciting new programs at Oregon Tech that are starting to attract students from across the state and nation, including Population Health Management, the new bachelor's in Emergency Medical Services, Optical Engineering, Systems Engineering and Technical Management, and Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition to our high-quality, highly ranked current academic programs, these new programs will help to round out our applied offerings and extend the reputation of our programs with potential and current students, and with employers.”
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