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Spring Enrollment Tops 7,000 Mark

Spring semester enrollment at JALC stands at 7,105 students up from 6,700 a year ago. (Logan Media Services photo)

Spring semester enrollment at JALC stands at 7,105 students up from 6,700 a year ago. (Logan Media Services photo)

BY STEVE O’KEEFE
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Despite a statewide trend that has seen several colleges predict enrollment declines for the spring semester, JALC officials are reporting a significant increase in enrollment this semester.

The College reports 7,105 students (up from 6,700 a year ago) with official 10th-day enrollment figures released today.

This marks only the third time in school history that Logan has reached the 7,000-student mark, a feat that College Spokesman Dr. Steve O’Keefe described as remarkable.

“This took a total team effort to achieve this enrollment,” O’Keefe said. “Our faculty and student services personnel really worked hard during the final days of registration to accommodate students that had been affected by the weather.”

O’Keefe said this is also the first spring semester that the College has gone back to the five-day instructional calendar.

“That alone made it possible for more students to enroll because they had more options,” he said. “We have also initiated a plan that we call ‘involve’ where staffers work to intervene with students who may be having problems in a specific class. And that has helped with student retention.”