Final enrollment numbers won't be official for another week, but SWTJC Dean of Admissions Joe Barker expects a 6% increase over last spring when all is said and done.
"Right now we have 5,859 enrolled, but I expect to lose 250 of those due to payment issues," Barker told the SWTJC board Thursday (Jan. 17) at its regular monthly meeting. "If my estimate is right, our final numbers will be up around six percent over last spring."
According to Barker, SWTJC is bucking the statewide trend of decreased enrollment. "Many community colleges across the state are reporting decreases this spring, so we are pleased with what we are seeing at SWTJC," Barker said.
In other action, the board approved the naming of Dr. Mark Underwood as vice president of academic affairs and Anne Tarski as vice president of finance.
President-elect Dr. Hector Gonzales recommended the appointments along with new titles. "These are not new positions, I am simply separating the two positions I currently hold," Gonzales told the board, explaining that he currently serves as dean of instructional services and chief financial officer.
The new titles are part of a new organizational chart Gonzales proposed and the board adopted on Thursday.
Board members also approved purchasing software and entering a contract to implement a one card identification/attendance system. The program will cost $103,000 with annual fees of $15,000.
In addition, the board approved the purchase of three Chevy Tahoes, two Chevy Traverses and one 15-passenger Chevy van.
The SWTJC Foundation, Inc., approved the naming of the new administration building in Del Rio as the Charles and Polly Chandler Student Services Building. The Chandler foundations recently gave the college a gift of $862,000.
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