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Volume 70, Issue 77, Tuesday, January 25, 2005

News

Registration suffers small student drop

Enrollment will likely fluctuate in coming days, but decrease follows national trend

By Matt Cooper
Senior Staff Writer

A third-day registration report from the University shows a 334-student drop from last spring's enrollment.

Ed Apodaca, associate vice president for enrollment management, said the data is preliminary, and he does not expect a true representation of registered students until Feb. 14, the 20th day of class.

He said students have until the 12th class day to be active in University records. At that point, students who have not registered or paid at least half of their fee bills are deactivated and have until the 20th class day to become activated again.

"We won't know until it's over," Apodaca said.

The University usually officially loses about 1,700 students on the 12th class day. Apodaca said most of those students return by the 20th day and are included in the official data sent to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for funding purposes.

Apodaca said enrollment at most four-year universities has been dropping, and at UH, that drop can be traced to several causes. Among them is the fact that classes began a week later this spring than they did in Spring 2004, which gave students less time to register.

However, Apodaca said there were fewer problems with online registration this year -- a problem that might have contributed to fluctuating enrollment in the past.

Apodaca also said post-baccalaureate students sometimes will not enroll regularly because they are not pursuing degrees, which can also throw off enrollment numbers.

There's also the economy to consider, he said. Students may have to devote more time to work and less time to school while dealing with rising education costs.

"So many students have to work," Apodaca said.
 

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