Eastern Nazarene College has begun the 2012-2013 academic year with increases in both its traditional undergraduate and Adult and Graduate Studies enrollment, boosting the college’s total enrollment to its highest level in more than a decade.
ENC reported that traditional undergraduate enrollment increased 5.6 percent over 2011, while enrollment in the college’s Adult and Graduate Studies division nearly doubled due to the creation of two new programs: a master’s degree program in Higher Education Administration and a bachelor’s degree program in Early Childhood Education. Together, the two divisions bring ENC’s total enrollment for 2012 to 1,459 students – its highest level since 1999.
“We’re very encouraged by the steady growth we’ve seen in the admission of undergraduate freshmen as well as transfer students,” said President Corlis McGee, who noted that ENC also saw a 10 percent increase over last year in both the number of applications and admitted students. “We’ve also witnessed a significant increase in our student retention rate, which is tremendously gratifying.”
McGee said the dramatic increase in ENC’s Adult and Graduate Studies enrollment as a result of the two new programs reflects the college’s well-established reputation of serving the needs of adult students. “Eastern Nazarene College has been offering convenient adult education programs that enable adult students to balance work and family responsibilities for 20 years, so creating these new degree programs was a natural fit for us,” she said.
McGee also noted that a new state program encourages the increase in bachelor’s degree programs for Early Childhood Education. “The creation of the Early Childhood degree program was really an innovative response to addressing the need for such a program within the community.”