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Numbers Are In: Enrollment Down At CSI

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By Joey Martin

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) New numbers are in at the College of Southern Idaho.

The mid–semester enrollment report released states that enrollment is down.

Fewer students are attending classes at CSI...last Fall more than 9,000 students attended the college.

This year more than 8,200 students are enrolled.

That's down 9.4%.

"We've been tracking a little bit lower ever since registration started for the Fall Semester back last spring."
Said Doug Maughan, CSI Public Relations Director.

Although the reasons for enrollment increases and decreases are often hard to pinpoint.

CSI administrators have identified factors that contribute to the current downturn.

"We think this is probably a lot because of the local economy... Which is good! The local economy is doing gangbusters and a lot more people are working now then there were last year at this time."
Said Maughan

Another reason enrollment is down is because the college is enforcing high school students to take pre–requisites on dual–credit courses.

"A lot of juniors and seniors in high schools all around Idaho take dual–credit classes from CSI. What CSI did this year was to enforce the pre–requisites because in the past we found that too many students are signing up for dual–credit classes before they have the pre–requisites for that class."

For sophomore Andrew Johnson, his reason for attending CSI is a lot like many others students.

"I actually transferred from Idaho State and I really wanted to go into the Agriculture Program."
Said CSI Sophomore Andrew Johnson.

With the decrease... Like Johnson and the Agriculture Program, there is still programs at CSI going strong.

"There are a few programs that are up never the less. It's kind of scattered throughout the campus. This happens whenever were up... whenever were down. We’re going to find a few programs that continue to do extraordinarily well."
Said Maughan

As the fall semester comes to an end.

Officials feel the next semester will be a spring forward for many students.

And CSI is not alone with a drop in Fall semester enrollment.

CSI officials tell us this is the first time since 2006 that enrollment at universities and community colleges nationwide are down.



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