Registration holds steady

Lieutenant Tony Means takes a photo of frist year weilding student Jeffrey Brandon for his Student ID. FLARE PHOTO by MICHAEL BROWN
Lieutenant Tony Means takes a photo of frist year weilding student Jeffrey Brandon for his Student ID. FLARE PHOTO by MICHAEL BROWN

As of Thursday morning, KC enrollment was 5,453.  This number includes all students who have been dropped for non-payment.  At this same time last fall (2013) KC had 5,573 students which is a 2.1 percent decrease if compared fall-to-fall on the same day.

“Each year, this initial enrollment count after Late Registration drops fluctuates.  Enrollment will go up between now and the first class day.  How far, we’re not sure yet,” said Chris Gore, director of admissions and registrar. “We’re expecting enrollment to be either close to the same as last fall or a small decrease.  We’ll have a better picture the first week of school.”

After Late Registration drops last spring, KC had 5,282 students enrolled and ended up with a certified Spring 2014 enrollment of 5,534.

“The real number that we’ll be looking at soon will be the number of contact hours,” Gore said. “Enrollment is important, but the contact hours are what really matter as far as state funding for the college.”

Enrollment will not be final until the 12 class day, Sept. 10, and will not be certified by the state as official until October.