DIXON – Fall enrollment is up slightly at Sauk Valley Community College, about 1 percent higher than this time last year.
About 1,815 students were enrolled as of Monday, compared to 1,801 students a year ago, an increase of 0.8 percent, said Joe Bright, Sauk’s director of research and planning, and total paid credits hours were up about 3.8 percent.
“Overall, we’re happy with the enrollment trend, and we’re doing better than other institutions,” Bright said.
The number of full-time students went up 3.8 percent, from 707 to 734 students, and part-time enrollment dropped about 6.8 percent, down 45 students.
Athlete enrollment increased by 33.7 percent, mostly from adding more than 20 students for the new outdoor track and field program.
The college made the decision to add track to its athletic roster in January, practices are slated to begin in October, and the first season will start in March 2020.
Bright said baseball recruitment was also up.
Fall enrollment numbers had been in decline the last few years with fewer students being attributed to a good economy.