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BPCC enrollment reaching new heights

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First-year student Emily Heflin sings karaoke with other students between classes at the student center at BPCC on Thursday. (Douglas Collier/The Times)

First-year student Emily Heflin sings karaoke with other students between classes at the student center at BPCC on Thursday. (Douglas Collier/The Times)

 

www.shreveporttimes.com

 By Icess Fernandez

New programs in key industries — nursing and oil
and gas — have increased enrollment at Bossier
Parish Community College to an all-time high.

The college has 6,475 students attending this
semester compared to 5,430 this time last year. That
number includes students who take classes at the
campus, online or hybrid classes, classes that
combine face-to-face teaching and online
coursework. Jim Henderson, college chancellor,
attributes the increase to new programs.

“We created innovative programs that’s in high
demand so that goes a long way,” he said.

The new programs are part of a changed business
plan, Henderson said.

BPCC received approval from the Louisiana State
Board of Nursing for a new associate of science
degree in nursing in June. Classes began this fall
with 603 students. The oil and technology program,
which offers an associate degree and a certificate,
also started its classes this fall with 67 students.

Part of the plan is to develop new ways to offer
classes. About 2,000 students are taking online
classes. Henderson said the college has been
planning for the enrollment increase. However,
enrollment growth comes with growing pains. The
average class size this year is about 28. Last year it
was 23. Some classes have between 40 to 45
students. To help accommodate more students,
some conference rooms have been turned into
classrooms.

“That’s the highest we’ll go,” he said.

However, additional funds from the state to help
deal with the growth isn’t coming. All of the state’s
colleges and universities are in the process of
working on a 38 percent funding reduction
exercise, which is designed to help the state make
future budget cut decisions.

Limited state funding means the college will have to

 
think about doing business differently, Henderson
said.

“As far as more resources from the state,” he said,
“it’s not going to happen. So if we have to ask
students to bare more of the cost, we have to
increase value.”

To increase value, the administration will look at
streamlining more programs if needed. The college
also is looking to add adjunct instructors next
semester as well as reworking the schedule to
accommodate more students through the day.

“If you come here at 9, 10, 11 a.m. Monday through
Friday, we’re full,” Henderson said. “We are looking
at strategies to schedule more classes in the
afternoons. It’s really an opportunity for growth for
non-traditional students.”

LSU-Shreveport is scheduled to report its 14-day
class enrollment count this week. Southern
University-Shreveport will have its count next week.

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September 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm

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