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Enrollment up at JCCC, expected to be down at KU

August 24, 2011

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Kansas University has not yet released figures for its fall or summer enrollments, though KU Provost Jeff Vitter has said that the university’s overall enrollment is likely to be down when KU releases its official fall enrollment figures in September.

However, KU’s total number of freshmen enrolled, he said, shows signs of increasing.

Meanwhile, enrollments continue to climb at Johnson County Community College.

Dennis Day, JCCC vice president of student services, said he anticipated last fall’s record total of 20,800 students would increase slightly by the time official numbers are released.

“I would anticipate the head count to be another record,” he said.

Last fall, JCCC had 2,100 Douglas County residents attend courses at the college, Day said, about 500 of whom took classes conducted in Lawrence at Centennial Adult Education Center, 2145 La.

There, JCCC offers remedial course work along with vocational courses for programs such as a certified nursing assistant, Day said.

He said he did not yet have information on how many Douglas County residents were attending JCCC this fall.

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squawkhawk 2 years, 7 months ago

A co-worker told me earlier this year that the counselors and staff at KSU are a lot more approachable and willing to work with the students than their counter parts at KU (he had kids attend both schools). Well, we found this to be at least partly true as my daughter recently enrolled at KU and attended classes this week. The counselors were absolutely no help at all. When we met with them over a month ago they mad all kinds of promises and commitments and have yet to fulfill even one. We've even caught them in bold face lies ("I didn't get your phone messages"). My daughter now thinks that she made the wrong decision. If this is the way students are treated at KU then no wonder the enrollment is dropping off.

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squawkhawk 2 years, 7 months ago

A co-worker told me earlier this year that the counselors and staff at KSU are a lot more approachable and willing to work with the students than their counter parts at KU (he had kids attend both schools). Well, we found this to be at least partly true as my daughter recently enrolled at KU and attended classes this week. The counselors were absolutely no help at all. When we met with them over a month ago they mad all kinds of promises and commitments and have yet to fulfill even one. We've even caught them in bold face lies ("I didn't get your phone messages"). My daughter now thinks that she made the wrong decision. If this is the way students are treated at KU then no wonder the enrollment is dropping off.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 7 months ago

How many graduates actually find employment in their area of expertise? Likely less now than ever before.

Should JCCC become a four year college that could present an enrollment dilemma for KU. JCCC teaching staff aren't exactly slackers.

A four year degree is an asset in your life however following up with an Assoc Degree or a Vo-Tech certificate aka additional training might well be the key to employment.

If one can afford the life of a career student what better employment is there?

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writeon 2 years, 7 months ago

People, get a grip. NO ONE wants a "degree" from Johnson County Fake School. Employers mainly laugh at that (except employers like Jimmy John's, Ace Hardware, Lowe's, and such). JOCO kids who transfer to a real university hit the wall, and they scream because they had easy teachers and basically an extended high school program on Quivira Road. And I despise JOCO's cheap brass rails. So tacky.

KSU's enrollment probably will be up, but that's largely due to the "BioScience" thingy going on there, which at some point will pollute the entire state. Women in stretched out stretch jeans and square-dance bootlets who simply stare straight ahead because their "skid-marks" love-interest likes that in a woman. Honorary Degree to Reba MacEntire!!!

That won't last. And a "C" at KU is still an "A" at KSU.Keep your blathering about "lousy" teachers you had at KU (they didn't give you what you think you deserved) and keep knitting your "RE-ELECT CLOWNBACK" afghans.KSU and WSU are totally ignored nationally.

There's a woman in this town, whom I really like, who actually majored in ballet at KSU. I was so tempted . . . .

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konzahawk 2 years, 7 months ago

Something is not right at KU. Earlier this week, MU announced that they increased enrollment this fall by 1,300 students. Their tuition is similar, if not higher than that at KU. KSU, from what I have heard. is also expecting a record enrollment. For far too long, Strong Hall has just assumed that everyone wanted to come to KU and they did not have to recruit. Obviously, this assumption is wrong.

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ksarmychick 2 years, 7 months ago

That's because the tution at JCCC is $96 per credit hour. At KU with the required campus fees it's $307 per credit hour. JCCC also offers many more online classes.

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kujayhawk 2 years, 7 months ago

The price of most degrees now outweighs the value received. Do away with the liberal arts requirement and make a college education a 2 or 3 years for kids that know what they want to major in.

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imastinker 2 years, 7 months ago

It's not just tuition either - look at fees and differential tuition. Those have nothing to do with the state and the money is spent on the stupidest stuff! They got me for seven semesters of fees for a health center that wasn't built yet. I think that's how the new multicultural resource center got built too.

It looks like fees are now up to $450/semester.

http://www.registrar.ku.edu/~registr/pdf/CFS_FY2011.pdf

I also got the privilege of paying for tuition fees that were put in an account to fund scholarships for "needier" students. We've gotten several calls from the endowment looking for donations and I'm still so bitter about that one that the answer is still "NO." I paid for the tuition of other students and then the interest on other peoples tuition as I worked a second job to get my student loans paid off!

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notanota 2 years, 7 months ago

That's because you can take your first two years of classes at JCCC and transfer to finish at the higher priced KU with no penalty on your overal prospects for getting a job or getting into grad school. It's really a no-brainer.

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consumer1 2 years, 7 months ago

What a surpise>>> NOT!! KU has just kept the increases coming for way too long.

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Julie Craig 2 years, 7 months ago

Agreed. My daughter enrolled in six hours of graduate classes at KU and the bill is a whopping $2,400+... Sounds way overpriced to me.

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down_the_river 2 years, 7 months ago

It's sad to think that if trends continue, KU will soon be the number three higher education location in Kansas, trailing K-State and JCCC. Let's hope there are enough dedicated leaders at KU who plan to stick around long enough to reverse this slide. The 225% increase in tuition in the past decade has damaged our reputation as a valued choice for higher education in the state.

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LogicMan 2 years, 7 months ago

It's far past the time for the Douglas County Junior College to be founded in Lawrence, with satellite campuses following soon in Baldwin and Eudora.

It could emphasize both practical training for local industry, as well as preparing students for continued study at KU and elsewhere.

How does a junior college get established?

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