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COC enrollment up versus last year

Posted: March 21, 2014 6:10 p.m.
Updated: March 21, 2014 6:10 p.m.

Spring semester enrollment at College of the Canyons has crept up from last year, an increase officials attribute in part to increased course offerings made possible by Proposition 30.

“It used to be that we would fill up every single section because students were clamoring for classes — we couldn’t keep up with the need,” said Jasmine Ruys, director of admissions and records at COC. “But now we’re actually able to offer more sections and accommodate more students.”

The college has 3 percent more students this spring semester compared to last year as measured in full-time equivalency, said COC officials.

A full-time-equivalent student is one who takes at least 30 units in a given year, according to Barry Gribbons, COC’s vice president of institutional development, technology and online services. Part-time students’ units are combined into “full-time equivalents” for the purpose of counting.

For example, three students who take 10 units a year would be considered one full-time equivalent.

The college also expects to serve 10 percent more full-time-equivalent students this school year compared to four years ago.

Officials attributed the increase in students to better access and additional class sections that resulted in part from Proposition 30.

“When Proposition 30 passed, we were able to add quite a few sections and therefore serve more students,” Gribbons said. “So these increases are a reflection of the passage of Prop. 30.”

Passed by voters in 2012, Proposition 30 was a set of sales- and income-tax hikes that went toward education.

“If Prop. 30 hadn’t passed, I know we would not be in this area right now,” Ruys said.

Ruys said COC has seen student increases at both its Canyon Country and Valencia campuses, as well as in courses offered online.

“We’ve expanded everywhere, which is the great thing,” Ruys said.

COC has not yet counted actual enrollment for the spring, Gribbons, said, as that typically takes place at the end of the semester.
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