Polk State Collegeâ€™s fall credit enrollment has broken the 9,000 mark as double-digit enrollment growth continued for the third straight year. The latest figures show there are 9,539 students enrolled in credit courses this term, compared to 8,571 at the same time last year, for an increase of 11.3 percent.
One needs only to walk around PSCâ€™s various locations to see the impact of the enrollment growth. The hallways, parking lots and classrooms are filled on the Lakeland campus, the Winter Haven campus, the JD Alexander Center in Lake Wales and the Airside Center in south Lakeland.
The constant flow at the advising and registration offices throughout the past two months has resulted in more students and fewer empty chairs in classrooms.
Whenever she talks about the enrollment increase, PSC President Eileen Holden always commends the college’s faculty and staff for smoothly handling the demand. The double-digit enrollment growth since 2006 has helped Polk State College cope with the reduced state funding.
â€œFaculty have accepted more students in their classes when appropriate,â€ Dr. Holden said. â€œStudent Services staff members have been dealing with an increase in traffic. They deserve all the praise. Without our continued double-digit enrollment growth, Polk State College would have had a difficult time coping with this yearâ€™s austere funding from Tallahassee.â€
PSC’s noteworthy enrollment increase during the past three years occurred with the same, if not less, state funding.