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Enrollment up slightly, budgets still impacted

By Allyson Betot; Kelly Mayo
Editor; Managing Editor

September 13, 2012


Infographic by Hillary Akers

A major worry for students and faculty alike was whether enrollment was going to drop again, like it did between fall 2010 and fall 2011.

The preliminary report has student enrollment up from last year by 18 students.

According to the UNCP Factbook, published every year by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, UNCP's enrollment rate was steadily growing since 1990, until it took a sharp drop at the beginning of the 2011-12 year.

According to Lela Clark, the executive director of Enrollment Planning and Recruitment, the drop in enrollment last year was due to a number of factors.

The economic problems the country is facing, financial aid restrictions and a raise in academic standards for entering students were all contributing factors that caused the drop in enrollment.

"When the enrollment drops, departments that are funded by student fees lose revenue. The impact could result in discontinued programs, fewer activities and limited services, Clark said.

"Enrollment did not drop this year, so any changes from last year to this year should be minimal as UNCP is committed to maintaining the level of services the students need and expect. In some cases, our services to our students have been enhanced, such as the new Academic Resource Center," Clark said.

Student fees include athletics, health services, technology, activity and debt services fees.

Activity fees are used to fund many campus activities and productions including: the University's yearbook, newspaper, intramural sports teams, student theater, literary magazine, the gym, musical ensembles, the Student Government Association, and any University Center costs.

Events hosted by Student Involvement and Leadership are also funded by student fees. Last year's Distinguished Speakers Series hosted only two speakers, whereas for several years before four or more were hosted. As of Sept. 11 no speakers have been announced for this year.

Despite the fact that enrollment did not drop again, student fee funded campus programs are still feeling the impact from last year's drop.

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