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Columbus State could see record year for enrollment

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The Dispatch wrote Columbus State could see record year

Saturday, September 20, 2008

BY CHARLIE BOSS

If the winding line of students outside financial aid yesterday was any indicator, Columbus State Community College could be looking at its largest student body ever.

Going into yesterday, 25,611 students had signed up for classes — a 5 percent jump from the same time last year, said spokesman Will Kopp. But fall-quarter enrollment is projected at about 24,000, because officials expect some people won’t pay their fees or show up for classes, which start Wednesday.

He credited new initiatives, such as a scholarship program aimed at students at least 25 years old and more-convenient scheduling of popular classes, for helping drive interest in Columbus State. The college also has expanded its online program and partnered with Ohio University so that students can earn a bachelor’s degree.

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