Last week, College of Western Idaho (CWI) submitted its Fall 2014 Student Enrollment Report to the State Board of Education. As predicted, based on preliminary data, CWI enrollment includes pockets of growth coupled with some anticipated declines.
Overall headcount (including dual credit) is 10,217 which is an increase of about 11 percent over last fall; however, removing dual credit enrollment actually reflects a decrease of close to 10 percent. As a part of the College’s planning and budgeting processes for this fiscal year, the administration anticipated credit enrollment to be down slightly based on a variety of factors including the improving state of the economy, regional and national trends on enrollment, and the Successful Start initiative introduced by CWI this year. Successful Start includes earlier deadlines for admission and registration, and every new student must complete an Orientation, Advising, and Registration (OAR) session to ensure students are prepared for the start of classes. These measures are critical to academic success and completion. Overall the Fall enrollment numbers generally align within the College’s targeted planning and budgeting parameters.
CWI has experienced an increase in apprenticeship program enrollment and high school students taking advantage of dual credit opportunities. Additionally, conversations with businesses in the area are indicating an increase in demand for customized training of current employees targeted skill development. These trends provide a strong outlook on the local economy.
The College will continue to monitor enrollment, retention, and program completion holistically to aid planning efforts for the future. CWI remains focused on helping Idaho reach its 60 percent goal, insuring student success, and developing collaborative efforts that benefit students and the community.