Enrollment Increase Leaves Brewton-Parker Leaders Pleased

 

            MOUNT VERNON -- An enrollment boon at Brewton-Parker College's primary campus, along with a slight rise at the college's Liberty County campus, has BPC administrators very pleased.

According to figures prepared by Brewton-Parker Registrar Carol Boyd, the head count for the fall semester is 1,269. The figure represents an increase of 49 students and 4.01 percent when compared to the fall 2001 semester and a rise of 19 percent from the fall 2000 term.

            "The hard work of the enrollment services division, as well as the strong support of all faculty and staff, have made this a banner year for enrollment at the Mount Vernon campus," said Dr. David Smith, Brewton-Parker's president.

            The student total includes 621 students who are served academically through Brewton-Parker's flagship campus in Mount Vernon, a number that increased by 51 from last fall.

            "I am very pleased with the overall enrollment growth," Provost Dr. Ron Melton said, "but the growth at the Mount Vernon site is particularly impressive since we experienced an enrollment of approximately 9 percent on our main campus.

            "This growth results from a great effort on the part of all our faculty and staff at Mount Vernon. It is significant to note that we added four faculty positions at Mount Vernon this fall. I anticipate continued growth at Mount Vernon and our other locations in the future."

            In spite of concerns that deployment of Fort Stewart-based troops might result in a significant enrollment decrease at the Liberty County campus, enrollment in external programs rose by four from the fall 2001 total to 601 students.

            "Our growth is particularly impressive when one considers how the deployment of troops from Fort Stewart had softened the enrollment at our Liberty County campus," Smith said.

            In addition to the Liberty County campus in Hinesville, Brewton-Parker offers external courses at sites in Baxley, Glennville, Norman Park and Savannah.

            Forty-seven students who are enrolled at Brewton-Parker through the post-secondary option program complete the head count total.

            The college's full-time equivalency, calculated by dividing the total number of credit hours attempted by 12, reveals a strong figure of 1,259.

            Dr. John Waters, Brewton-Parker's vice president for enrollment services, likewise attributed the rising numbers as a college-wide success.

            "Although we faced some unique challenges, the success in increasing this year's enrollment numbers is a victory in which every segment of the college can participate," Waters said.

 

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An increase of 51 students on Brewton-Parker College's primary campus in Mount Vernon contributed to an enrollment increase of 4.01 for the fall semester. Of Brewton-Parker's 1,269 students, 621 are served academically on BPC's main campus.

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