North Central State College Sees Enrollment Increase for Fall 2013
Mansfield, Ohio (Monday, August 26, 2013). Opening day of classes for the Fall term is under way at North Central State College with an increase in student headcount. The College opened its doors to more than 3,000 students and 26,702 credit hours. This is an increase of 8.6% in headcount, and 7.4% in credit hours for the first day of classes in comparison to Fall 2012. Students from north central Ohio along with a growing number of international students are enrolled in 28 associate degree majors or 40 certificate programs of study, many of these offered on-line.
Part of a state and national imperative, North Central State College is taking on the challenge to raise the number of students finishing degrees and other credentials. Community College leaders say they are taking steps to support completion efforts at the college with accessible student advising, early academic alert, embedded tutoring and overall services being improved. According to Karen Reed, vice president for academic and student services, “Over the last decade, North Central State College has strived to improve student learning outcomes by developing and implementing innovative programs and processes that help students gain access to higher education and achieve their goals.”
For the Fall 2013 academic semester class, nearly a third or 971 of the total enrolled students (3,021) are new and coming to the Mansfield campus for the first time. Of the total student count, 941 are continuing students and 820 are continuing from the prior term. Students returning to college after having been enrolled sometime in the past number 286. Military veterans identifying themselves as such, number 123. The average age of the College’s students is 25.9 Nearly 62% percent are female. Many of North Central State College’s popular online and university transfer programs are accessed by out-of-state or international students. Financial aid, grants and loans are available to eligible students in addition to the GI Bill for veterans.
President Dorey Diab echoed the sentiment expressed by many of the College’s staff and faculty at their Convocation last week by adding, "If north central Ohio wants to be at the front of an economic recovery -- not at the rear, the state's support of training and education through our local community college and valued educational partners, must be of high priority and strategic investment." Diab adds, “In my short time here since assuming the presidency, I continue to marvel at the dedication and innovative spirit shown by North Central’s staff and faculty, especially during this time of diminishing state support for education.”
North Central State College offers one of the lowest tuition rates in the state of Ohio. Tuition and fees are $146.30 per credit hour. A full-time student taking 12 credit hours per semester would pay $1,755.60 per semester in tuition and fees. Two semesters of classes would cost about $3,511.20. Actual costs will vary depending on how many credit hours the student’s classes are worth. Books are not included in tuition and fees. Official enrollment figures will be reported after the first two weeks of the semester is completed.
About North Central State College
North Central State is a community college that serves more than 4,000 students on its Mansfield campus, the Shelby training facility, the downtown Urban Center and outreach centers within 30 miles of main campus in Bucyrus, Willard and Ashland. A growing number of university transfer programs are available via these distance learning sites throughout north central Ohio. The College offers 28 associate degree majors and 40 certificate programs of study, including comprehensive technical education in health sciences, general studies, public service, business, engineering technology, information technology, and corporate/community services. High quality programs that lead to associate degrees or certificates are valued by accreditation and industry standards and have been awarded to more than 12,000 graduates, the majority of whom live and work in north central Ohio. The Ohio Higher Learning Commission awarded approval to North Central State College to offer associate of arts and associate of science degrees, allowing for an increased and easier credit transfer to colleges and universities.