More full-time students enrolled in Dakota College

Full-time equivalent enrollment at Dakota College at Bottineau is up about 5.5 percent from the spring of 2013, according to campus dean Ken Grosz.

Grosz said this spring the FTE is 442 and last spring it was 419.

Full-time equivalent enrollment is calculated by the total number of credit hours taken by students, divided by 15.

The full-time student enrollment at Dakota College at Bottineau is 304 this spring, compared with 290 last year. Total student headcount, including part-time students as well as full-time students, is slightly down. This spring there are 741 total students compared with 752 students.

Grosz said he believes the numbers show that the two year college’s retention efforts have been working. They have programs in place to help students who are struggling academically if they begin missing classes or are in danger of being placed on academic probation. Students who aren’t prepared for college level work are enrolled in remedial classes to help them catch up.

“Anecdotally, it looks like our retention programs are working,” said Grosz, who said he is pleased with the spring enrollment numbers.