The Daily Express

Owens Community College's Enrollment is Still Growing

  Owens Community College has achieved a Spring Semester enrollment of 15,141 students, marking a 12 percent increase over the Spring Semester 1999 enrollment of 13,514.

  There are 13,286 students on the Toledo-area Campus, up from 11,970 last spring (an 11 percent increase). The Findlay Campus headcount is 1,855, compared to 1,544 last spring (a 20 percent increase).

  The full-time equivalency (FTE) for both campuses is 3,928 - up 11 percent from Spring Semester 1999 (3,537).

  This marks the 16th consecutive semester of enrollment increases at Owens Community College.

  Owens President Daniel H. Brown attributed the enrollment growth to several technical degree areas, as well as the Arts & Science programs that offer students the first two years of a bachelor's degree at half the cost of a four-year college or university.

  Last week, the Ohio Board of Regents approved the Arts and Science programs for the Owens Findlay Campus. This programming has caused a renewed relationship with the University of Findlay. Through a collaborative agreement, Owens Findlay Campus students will be able to take specialized Arts and Science electives through the University of Findlay.

  There also has been significant growth in the College's Center for Development and Training (CDT) with an increase in industrial training. CDT serves the needs of business and industry with training in skilled trades, customized training, workforce development, apprenticeship programs and more.

  "Owens' commitment is to meet the needs of the communities we serve and provide a high quality college education at an affordable cost," President Brown said. "The continued increase in enrollment demonstrates that people welcome this commitment."

  President Brown added that future growth at the College is anticipated due to the tuition reduction recently approved by the Owens Board of Trustees, which goes into effect this summer. This tuition decrease takes the Owens credit hour rate from $79 per credit hour to $75 per credit hour - a savings of more than 5 percent. A full-time Owens student now will pay just $1,800 per year - the lowest tuition rate of any college or university in Northwest Ohio.

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