UACCM announces enrollment increase

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton announced last week a spring 2016 enrollment increase of 2 percent over spring 2015.

The college also saw a 3.5 percent increase in student semester credit hour (SSCH) enrollment. The boost in credit hour enrollment reflects an increase in the number of credit hours in which individual students are enrolled.  

The spring 2016 semester also had a 6 percent increase in minority enrollment. Of the six-county service area, Faulkner County had the largest percentage growth at 9 percent.

The spring 2016 enrollment numbers also show that UACCM enrollment is comprised of 61 percent full-time students and 39 percent part-time students. This is reverse of the national average, which is made up of 38 percent full-time students and 62 percent part-time students.  Additionally, the general education program had a growth rate of 25 percent, the most of all UACCM programs. The general education program is designed for students who plan to eventually transfer to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree.  

The growth in students planning to transfer to finish a bachelor’s degree program can be attributed, in large part, to the cost of attending UACCM. The annual tuition rate is 17 percent less than the national average at a two-year college and 70 percent less than the national average of annual tuition at a four-year college.

“This growth signals a greater awareness in the value and quality of the offerings at UACCM,” said UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis. “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the faculty and staff at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton. Without this great group of people and the generosity of our business and industry partners and corporate and private donors, UACCM would not be able to keep up with the growing demand of training a skilled workforce.”