In line with an overall decrease in enrollment from fall semester, North Idaho College’s spring enrollment is down similarly. The total headcount for students in spring 2013 is 6,072 students, which is down 5.45 percent from last spring’s 6,422.
“Our decrease in enrollment overall is not unexpected and, in fact, mirrors much of what is happening in higher education regionally and nationally,” said NIC Vice President for Student Services Graydon Stanley. “As the economy improves, prospective or current students have more opportunity for employment and don’t stay or enter into the higher education system. And there is natural attrition that happens from fall to spring semester each year.”
In addition, NIC is now using a new method of reporting enrollment, which was dictated by the state so all enrollment numbers would be comparable among higher education institutions in Idaho. NIC now reports enrollment numbers more than two months later than it has in previous years.