Friday, July 6, 2012

Harrisburg University: Enrollment. Again.

You may recall last month I reported that Harrisburg University had a decline in enrollment.  The official reports are now available, check it out for yourself. Here are HU's historical enrollment numbers:

Source: Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Statistics June 2012

This is the official government data that was just released:

Source: Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Statistics June 2012

Enrollment fell from 373 in Fall 2010 to 322 in Fall 2011. HU had a loss of about 50 students

Current Enrollment
31 students graduated in 2011.
Retention rates tell us that about 35 1st-year students won't return for Fall 2012. So...

322-31=291-35=256

Therefore a fair estimate of current student enrollment at HU is still around 256. If you include students that are "committed", but not enrolled (140 according to Darr) and pretend that all first-year students from the Fall of 2011 are going to return, you get a different number.

Source: Patriot News July 2012 Harrisburg University sees partnerships as vital.

In reality it doesn't matter all that much if HU has 256 or 440 students though, since neither of those numbers even approach what HU needs to be sustainable. HU's business plan calls for 983 students by the Fall of 2013. I'm guessing that they are gonna' miss that goal.
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