Temperatures and Enrollment Rise At MSC During
By Renee Pearman
Macon State College has experienced a 57 percent increase in its
summer enrollment in the past three years, and the number of students
taking classes at the college's Warner Robins Center has more than
doubled in that same period.
Combined summer enrollment at the Macon campus, Warner Robins Center
and Robins Resident Center totaled 2,846, an increase of 1,031 students
from the 1998 summer term. The number of students at the Warner
Robins Center this summer was 662 compared to 318 in summer 1998.
MSC's summer growth has been significant for several reasons, according
to Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood, vice president for Academic Affairs
and dean of the faculty. "We have a general increase in enrollment
because there is a growing interest in our baccalaureate degree
programs," he said. "Also, students of other institutions
coming home for the summer to Macon now have options to take courses
in the core and in upper division areas in support of their major."
The dramatic increase in enrollment at the Warner Robins Center
is attributed to the addition of core courses offered there combined
with the introduction last year of the bachelor's degree program
in information technology at WRC.
Traditionally, enrollment for summer term is down from fall and
spring semesters at all colleges and universities because students
tend to take time off from studies to work and/or enjoy some leisure
"It is not unusual at many institutions, particularly residential
campuses, for summer enrollment to be 15-20 percent of fall enrollment,"
Isherwood said. "At Macon State, we tend to do much better.
We are basically a commuter campus with a large part-time student
enrollment. Many of these students enroll year round. For them,
summer is no different than any other term."