Clark College kicks off fall quarter

Enrollment down slightly from last year

VANCOUVER — Mon., Sept. 23 marked the start of the 2019 fall term at Clark College.  

While official numbers are not available until after the 10th day of class, the day began with 11,160 students enrolled, down from last year’s Day One enrollment of 11,717. This reflects trends seen throughout the statewide system and through much of the country as well, and is in keeping with both the college’s and the state’s predictions for enrollment numbers. 

Employees gather in the O’Connell Sports Center gym for Opening Day of Clark College’s 2019 fall term. Photo courtesy of Clark College/Jenny Shadley
Employees gather in the O’Connell Sports Center gym for Opening Day of Clark College’s 2019 fall term. Photo courtesy of Clark College/Jenny Shadley

Some specific segments saw increases. Enrollment in elearning (or online) courses grew this year by 10 percent, with more than 5,500 students taking advantage of those courses. The college also saw a 3 percent increase in the number of students who identified as Students of Color, for a total of 3,238. Clark College’s Basic Education and Worker Retraining programs also saw increases in enrollment of 7 percent and 8 percent, respectively.

A significant change this year is in the college’s leadership, as former President Bob Knight retired in July 2019 after more than a decade as college president. Interim President Dr. Sandra Fowler-Hill will be guiding the college during the 2019-2020 academic year as the Board of Trustees works with stakeholders to select a new permanent president. Updates about that search process are available online at www.clark.edu/presidential-search. 

About Clark College

Located in Vancouver’s Central Park and serving up to 11,500 students per quarter, Clark College is Southwest Washington’s largest institution of higher education. The college currently offers classes at two satellite locations: one on the Washington State University Vancouver campus and one in the Columbia Tech Center in East Vancouver. 

Information provided by Clark College Communications.

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