It looks like more students than ever before will be at Shoreline Community College this summer.
“We’re seeing numbers that put us ahead of last summer’s count in every category,” said Chris Linebarger, director of recruitment and enrollment services. The surge pushes enrollment over the target for 2009 summer quarter with the most state-supported student FTEs, or full-time equivalents, ever.
As of Thursday, June 18, the college had 2,075 state-supported student FTEs enrolled for summer quarter which starts Monday, June 22. The summer quarter target is 1,800 FTEs. The previous high-water mark for a summer quarter was in 2003, with 1,876 state-supported student FTEs
“It can be difficult to compare specific numbers because of changes over the years in the way the state has asked us to track students,” Linebarger said. “But clearly, lots of people are coming to Shoreline Community College.”
Linebarger noted that while classes started Monday, June 22, students can still register. Registration is also being taken now for fall quarter. “Fall quarter numbers are ahead of last year’s, too,” she said.
All state colleges count enrollment in terms of FTEs. The actual number of students, or headcount, can vary depending on class load and other factors. For example, two half-time students combine to count as one full-time equivalent student.
The FTE count is important because that’s how the state funds colleges. Each college is allocated money based on a set number of FTEs. If a college serves more than the state-set FTE target, it gets a larger slice of those students’ tuition, but it doesn’t receive any additional state support for those students.
If the summer trend continues through the year, SCC will serve more students than its state allocation, but that doesn’t mean enrollment would be limited.
“We’re here to serve students,” SCC President Lee Lambert said. “While we are experiencing budget cuts, we’ll continue to provide the education and training that students want and need and help get the state economy going again.”