UNM-LA enrollment increases for third straight semester

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By Carol A. Clark

UNM-LA Executive Director Cedric Page credits the college’s efforts at outreach for it enrollment growth.


This semester, UNM-Los Alamos increased its head count for the third straight semester.


“Our outreach and admissions staff have worked hard and smart to communicate the educational opportunities at UNM-Los Alamos to our current students and prospective applicants and their efforts have paid-off,” Page said. “The quality instruction, motivation and support provided by our faculty have been integral to the academic success of our students and to the reputation of UNM-Los Alamos as the place to get a solid academic experience and preparation for a rewarding career.”


The headcount is 6 percent higher than for Spring 2008,  UNM-LA Institutional Researcher Valida Dushdurova said.


The news is especially good at the UNM-LA Bernalillo site where headcount is more than 60 percent higher than last spring, she said.


Communications and Marketing Services Director Bonnie J. Gordon said word has gotten out that the college offers a quality education at a reasonable price.


“In these difficult economic times, students are seeking the best value for their education dollars,” Gordon said. “In addition, earning an AA degree before pursuing a bachelor's degree allows our students to make a good income in fields where jobs are available while pursuing a bachelor's degree. Many of our most popular degree programs have been overhauled in the past year to reflect exactly what employers are looking for, including six programs in applied science.”


In other news, UNM-LA has increased its online offerings and enrollment in these classes has been very good, Dean of Instruction Kate Massengale said.


UNM-LA is offering a math class online for the first time. The class is Intermediate Algebra. Computer Science offerings have increased this semester, including a class at the 300 level offered through the UNM-LA Bachelor and Graduate program.


UNM-LA is offering two literature classes of special interest to educators on the topics of Fairy Tales and World Literature this semester, Massengale said.


Enrollment in both credit classes and community education is ongoing at UNM-LA.


Many classes begin throughout the semester, so it’s not too late to fulfill that New Year’s Resolution to learn something new in 2009, Gordon said.


Credit courses may be taken either for a grade or as credit/no credit.


See a full class schedule for both credit and Community Education online at www.la.unm.edu.


Find printed schedules at many locations around northern New Mexico or call 661-4691 to receive a schedule by mail.