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Kishwaukee College 10-day fall enrollment down 14% compared to 2019 due to pandemic, says spokesperson

Kishwaukee College
Kishwaukee College

MALTA – Kishwaukee College reported to its board of trustees on Tuesday a 14.2% drop in headcount in its 10-day enrollment figures from fall 2019 to this year.

Total headcount was at 2,626, down from 3,060 last year at this time. There were more than 3,330 students in the 2018 figures. Total credit hours were down 14.5% from last year as well, according to the report shared with the Daily Chronicle.

With COVID-19, traditional credits took a serious hit with a 97% drop, from 21,132 hours this time last year to 643 this year. Conversely, online and hybrid credits shot up 271.1% from 6,106 last year to 22,656 this year.

One positive area for the college was a 5.8% increase in students under 18. There were 548 younger than 18 enrolled, up 30 from this time last year. This was due to an increase in dual credit opportunities with local high schools, said Kayte Hamel, executive directive of college relations and the Kishwaukee College Foundation.

Hamel said community colleges nationwide are experiencing enrollment declines due to COVID-19 but did not go into further details. Requests for interviews were declined.

The school also saw an 8.7% increase in students of two or more races, up to 137. Every other demographic saw a decline.

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