Harford Community College enrollment declines by 6.7 percent
By Ted Hendricks
Feb 22, 2018 at 5:25 AM
Harford Community College suffered another enrollment decrease this semester, when the number of students enrolled for spring 2018 fell by 6.7 percent.
That equates to 400 fewer students on campus and the equivalent of 158 full-time students, Dianna G. Phillips, the college president, reported to the HCC Board of Trustees Tuesday night.
The loss of students wasn’t a huge financial loss, Phillips said, adding the college missed its budgeted enrollment revenue for the semester by $23,258.
Still, ongoing enrollment declines have been blamed, in part, for steady tuition increases that have occurred at HCC over the past decade. Phillips and the trustees have agreed to a 2.0 percent tuition increase for the next fiscal year starting July 1.
Enrollment for the spring semester declined, Phillips said, because “we’re losing part-time students.”
“We see that athletics and allied health [the nursing program] are helping with out-of-county and out-of-state students,” Phillips said.
The president also praised the college’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, which each won their regular season conference titles and their conference’s postseason tournaments to advance to regional competition.