Crowder College numbers nearly double at new campus in Monett

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Enrollment at the Monett campus of Crowder College has increased 95 percent this fall over last year.

Angela Seymour, director at Crowder College Cassville Campus, said 614 credit hours are scheduled for this fall, compared to 315 in 2011. A total of 64 students are enrolled in classes at the Monett campus compared to 43 at the start of classes last fall, for 41 full-time equivalent (FTE), compared to 21 FTE last fall.

"We're trying to get classes [in locations] where students need them," Seymour said.

At the Cassville campus, enrollment is also up 3.81 percent over last year, with a head count of 491 at the start of classes and an actual enrollment of 570 compared to 473 last fall.

Credit hours are up 7.36 percent over the same time period last year, with the Cassville campus totaling 5,249 credit hours, or 350 FTE's compared to 4,889 credit hours, or 326 FTEs for last year.

"Crowder helps students get their core classes out of the way and we offer a great variety of degree options," Seymour said. "Our timeline to introduce new degree options are shorter than a traditional university, and that benefits students as well."

Seymour said several students who had attended Crowder College in previous years have come back to comment on how well instructors have prepared them for transitioning to a university environment.

"Several students have said that they felt more prepared for university courses than students who hadn't attended community college," Seymour said.

Missouri State University began offering its elementary education degree completion program at the Crowder College Cassville Campus this fall. Enrollments for the program have not been calculated at this point because students just now taking classes for their associate degrees have not yet become eligible for the bachelor's program.

"I think we will see some impact next semester," Seymour said.

Crowder College started offering the program at the Neosho campus in 1997 and at the Nevada campus two years ago. The program is designed for students who have completed a two-year associate of arts degree in teaching.

"Crowder College offers lower tuition and yields a higher graduation rate," Seymour said. "It's exciting to be able to offer so many degree options to our students and seeing our enrollment numbers grow."

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