Spring enrollment increases

Junior college sees 311-student uptick

Southwest Texas Junior College, in its 73rd year in Uvalde, has an increased its student body for the spring 2019 semester by 4.9 percent over spring 2018.

According to SWTJC President Hector Gonzales, “enrollment appears to be on track with our projections” with a total enrollment of 6,635 students. Enrollment rates, classroom hours, and credit hours were among the items discussed at the board of trustees meeting held Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Uvalde campus.

Classroom hours for 2019 total 1,084,832, up from 1,074,440 in 2018, for an increase of .87 percent. Credit hours also increased, up 3.6 percent from 2018.

Fall 2018 enrollment was reported to be 7,007, up 4.5 percent from 6,698 in the fall of 2017. The retention rate from fall to spring semesters from 2013-2016 was reported to be between 85-89 percent.

Other items discussed included the contract renewal for the vice presidents, financial statements, and community college day in Austin. Community College Day was held in Austin on Jan. 30. Faculty and students attended the event, and students met with state representatives Tracy O. King and Poncho Nevarez.


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