More than a week after the beginning of the spring semester, the drop in enrollment at embattled City College of San Francisco appears less dramatic than originally expected.
The school’s overall enrollment as of Thursday was 17.4 percent lower than the same time last year, but far below earlier enrollment-drop estimates, according to the latest figures.
Overall, 25,005 students are taking classes at the school, 8,067 of them full-time-equivalent students (just shy of its 9,150 goal). In all, there are 5,252 fewer students this semester compared to spring 2013, as of this week.
The school has been adding new students in fits and starts since late fall. CCSF had previously said it expected enrollment to be down 23 percent for the semester while battling to keep its accreditation.
Since then, a court ruling that stalled the school’s loss of accreditation, an ad campaign and high-profile recruiting efforts may have impacted enrollment.
In early January, a judge granted a preliminary injunction in a civil case filed by the City Attorney’s Office that accused the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of wrongdoing. No final action on accreditation can be taken until the trial is completed. Losing accreditation would effectively force the school to close.
The ACCJC voted in June to terminate CCSF’s accreditation by July 2014 if the school did not reform itself to come into compliance with commission standards and eligibility requirements. The termination vote was not linked to academics.
Friday is the last day to drop full-term classes in order to qualify for a refund of enrollment fees. Jan. 30 is the last day to add classes. Classes started Jan. 10.