August 30, 2018

Despite a state and national trend showing a decrease in community college enrollment John A. Logan College is reporting a slight increase from fall 2017 to fall 2018. College President Dr. Ron House reported preliminary tenth day enrollment numbers that show a 2.7 percent increase from 3,933 students in fall 2017 to 4,040 students this fall.

“We are very happy about this and feel that it is a commentary on the hard work that many people on this campus have done for a longtime especially student services in addition to faculty that are involved in the recruiting process as well,” said House.

In addition to tenth day enrollment numbers President House reported that credit hours for the recently completed summer semester showed an increase of 116 hours over the previous summer. This marks the first time since 2012 that a summer semester has been ahead of the previous summer. House also reported that 704 high school students are currently enrolled for the fall semester with the students taking an average of 5.2 credit hours.

In other news the board approved the 2018-19 budget. According to Vice President for Business Services and College Facilities, Brad McCormick the 2018-19 budget shows the continued result of prudent financial management by the College’s staff despite having to operate at budget levels last seen 16 years ago, and an operating budget that has decreased in 5 of the last 7 years.

“This budget gives the College a great opportunity to finish in the black for the second time since the State’s budget impasse,” said McCormick. “Though the operating budget is comparable to the budget 16 years ago, the College is hitting its reserve targets and remains financially stable.”

The Board also approved revisions to the following Board Policies: 3240, Dental Hygiene Clinical Policy for Basic Dentistry Services; 5110, General Hiring; 7210, Facility Policy; 8231, Grading System.

Several personnel related actions were approved as well. The John A. Logan College Board of Trustees will next meet on Tuesday, September 25 at 7 PM.