Enrollment increases, expected to climb

By MATT HUNT, Ranger Reporter:

For the first time in two years, Amarillo College enrollment is up and could climb even higher. According to AC officials, the increase has been attributed to the new eight-week class format.

Students can anticipate even more eight-week options, as the college plans to have 80 percent of classes available in the eight-week format soon.

Vice President of Student Affairs, Robert Austin, said that fall semester enrollment has exceeded 10,000 students.

Enrollment could climb higher when students begin the second round of eight-week classes.

“We’ve seen declining enrollments over the last five years or so, so this is good news,” said Austin, “Ideally there is a balance between the number of people who are here and the number that you can serve. I think we have the capacity to serve more students.”

Increased enrollment has the potential to impact parking and class availability.

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