Enrollments Increasing at Prescott College, Budget Adjustments Still Necessary
“There are strong signals that years of enrollment declines have ended and we are on a path to growth. We will continue to build upon our heritage and put the needs of our students first.” - John Flicker
Enrollments in some programs at Prescott College, especially resident undergraduate programs, have decreased over the past several years while enrollments in other areas, mostly graduate programs, have been steady or increasing. For the first time in years, the College is beginning to see a reverse in the trend for resident undergraduate enrollments with an increase in year-over-year spring enrollments and projections of even greater increases for next fall.
“Unfortunately, we are still graduating more students than we are enrolling, so total revenue from tuition decreased this year,” explains President John Flicker. “Despite the uptick in new students, we will see a drop in total enrollment again next year before beginning to see an increase the following year with continued recruitment success.”
As a result of these shifting enrollment trends, the College will be eliminating approximately 6 FTE instructional positions. These involuntary reductions will be concentrated in programs with reduced enrollments. All faculty affected by the reduction in force will be offered a one-year leave of absence so they may return if enrollments continue to increase in areas where their skills are needed.
“With fewer students in certain programs, we need to reduce the number of faculty proportionately,” says Flicker. “We’re reflecting market demand and bolstering support for the areas students clearly want to study.”
Areas of growth include a Master of Science in Counseling as well as Early Childhood Education training, for which Prescott College recently received a $100,000 grant from the George B. Storer Foundation. The College anticipates adding approximately three new instructional positions in these areas. After reducing in some areas and increasing positions in others, Prescott College will have a more sustainable faculty-to-student ratio of 10 to 1.
“I remain confident and excited about the future of Prescott College,” Flicker says. “There are strong signals that years of enrollment declines have ended and we are on a path to growth. We will continue to build upon our heritage and put the needs of our students first.”