Enrollment at 17 Ohio colleges and universities that began using a semester schedule this fall has dropped by nearly 13,500 students, which could be a financial hit for schools relying on revenue from tuition.
The Dayton Daily news reports the academic calendar shift is among several factors affecting decreased enrollment. others include the smaller number of Ohio high school graduates and eligibility changes reducing how many students get federal Pell grants. The director of Public Affairs for the Ohio Association of Community Colleges says the initial enrollment dip is typical with a schedule switch. The change makes it easier for students to transfer among Ohio schools. Among the newest semester schools, only Ohio University and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College didn't lose enrollment.