Rose State College President Dr. Terry Britton said enrollment at the college is surging at the beginning of the college’s 40th school year, with the largest increase in first-time students.
Dr. Britton said that although the numbers have fluctuated somewhat, and the final numbers haven’t been tallied, the current enrollment increase is partly due to the college’s “Ticket To Rose” initiative, in which local high school students are provided full-ride funding to attend Rose State College.
“We can cite numerous reasons for the increase, including a weak economy, increased financial aid, and the Ticket To Rose Initiative. Such factors do play a part, but I think it is our renewed attention to success and retention that is paying dividends,” Britton said.
Current statistics show Rose State has enrolled so far 960 more students than last year’s total on the first day of classes. Rose State College figures show a 26.6 percent increase in first-time students with 551 for a total of 2,650 new to the College. The numbers will increase as the College has additional enrollment periods the semester.
Dr. Britton told faculty that the incoming students are often at a crucial place in life and will benefit from education.
“Our students are on myriad journeys; many are at critical junctions. We want to help them make good decisions and choose preferred pathways,” Dr. Britton said. “We do not want them standing paralyzed at the fork in the road.”
Rose State College offered its first classes on September 21, 1970. It was originally Oscar Rose Junior College, named in memory for a well-known Midwest City-Del City Superintendent of Schools.
Mon, August 24, 2009
by Ben Fenwick