By Ray Skala
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Some students are noticing classes are smaller, as Camden County College experiences a slow decline in enrollment over the last few years.
Incoming freshman Zac Nowicki said he might not mind that. “It would benefit me more academically because it’s more one-on-one time with the professor and it would be less distractions,” he said.
Nowicki recently toured the campus with his senior class from Haddon Township High School. “I didn’t notice anybody walking around the campus, it was different and I expected there to be more students since it’s a community college,” he stated.
He added, “I know about five or six people attending Camden County College next year. All my other friends currently go to RCGC (Rowan College at Gloucester County) or a university.”
According to Camden County College’s enrollment audits, about 230,000 credit hours were used in 2017, while more than 340,000 credit hours were used in 2010.
The first quarter budget for 2018 states the college is expecting a $400,000 decrease in tuition and revenues because of declining enrollment. The budget also notes a 14 percent decrease in enrollment in the summer of 2017 and a 4 percent decrease in enrollment in the fall of 2017 and projects a 4 percent decrease in enrollment in the spring of 2018. The document states a decrease in salaries and benefits by leaving positions vacant will offset the decrease in tuition and revenues.
This hasn’t been happening only at Camden County College, it’s been happening countrywide. According to CNN Money, “by the fall of 2014 there were 812,069 fewer students walking the campus” in the United States.
“I’ve noticed a decline in enrollment in my classes the past few years,” said sophomore Mykola Wasiuta. However, he stated, “having small classes on the other hand could be beneficial because having more one-on-one time with your professor is great. Professors could also have more flexibility in their lessons and differ how much time they spend on each lesson.”
Nonetheless, Wasiuta noted, “that’s insane that people aren’t going to college nowadays. It’s crucial to get a degree in today’s society. It makes you more successful then others.”