El Paso Community College (EPCC) is proud to announce an enrollment increase for the spring 2016 semester. The student enrollment for the spring semester is 26,641. This represents a 1.11% (297 students) increase compared to spring 2015. The enrollment increase emphasizes EPCC’s commitment to student success and its role as an Aspen Prize Top Ten Community College.
The spring 2016 increase is the first spring increase at EPCC since the fall 2012 semester. This is the second semester in a row that EPCC has seen an increase in enrollment. Nationally, community colleges (47 out of 50 in Texas) have seen a decline over the past few years.
In 2013 under the leadership of EPCC President William Serrata and the EPCC Cabinet, an Enrollment Services Task Force (ESTF) was created to address the enrollment decline. The ESTF is comprised of many departments of the college that deal with the student population. Instruction, Student Services, Information Technology and Marketing are areas that are addressed by the ESTF.
One of the gains in enrollment is with area high schools. EPCC’s teamwork with high schools includes: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Nights co-sponsored by EPCC, EPCC Dual Credit, EPCC’s eight Early College High Schools and direct advertising to the student population. These and many other recommendations have contributed to EPCC enrollment increase.
“We are extremely pleased that our efforts to create a college-going culture are proving fruitful. The 300 student increase this spring is a tribute to our collaborative efforts with our Independent School District partners. The increase in Dual Credit enrollment has been a focus not only at EPCC but also at the Collaborative for College Readiness,” said Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President.
EPCC plans to continue its work to promote student success and its benchmark educational programs to the community.