February 6, 2006

Enrollment is up again at Columbus State with more than 21,000 students enrolled for winter quarter. Significant enrollment increases since winter 2005 are evident in the off-campus centers and distance learning classes.

The off-campus centers' total enrollment for the week of January 16-20, 2005, was 4,214. The same week comparison for this year shows 4,707 students enrolled, an 11.7 percent increase. The centers with the largest enrollment increase include: South-Western Center at Grove City gained 58 students (43.9 percent); Southeast Center gained 107 students (27.6 percent); Westerville Center gained 290 students (21.2 percent); and Gahanna Center gained 59 students (16.7 percent).

"In today's day and age, our student's needs are diverse. With having to balance their work, home and school life, we can no longer assume that they have the time to come to campus when we want them to and where we want them to," says Susan Norris-Berry, administrator of the suburban centers. "In response to this, we've built comprehensive programs to meet the needs of our students."

Norris-Berry works with the academic departments to research what classes and programs can be offered at the suburban sites. "We look at our students who've taken classes not only at an off-campus site, but main campus as well," says Norris-Berry. "If there's a trend, we see if we can offer those courses or a combination of courses at the sites."

Distance learning is faring even better in 2006, with more than 8,500 students, a 30 percent increase over winter quarter 2005 enrollment of 6,596. Even autumn quarter 2005 distance learning enrollment increased 42 percent over 2004, partially due to the increase in courses offered from 306 to 390 classes.

"Distance learning is a faculty-driven program," says Tom Erney, dean of Instructional Services. "The faculty work with Instructional Services as partners, helping us shape what courses we offer and how we offer them."

As for distance learning's success, Erney says, "The lead faculty make a huge difference. Phyllis Hardy, Kathy Pullins, Beth McGrath, Edgar Velez, Mike Rock, Patrice Ross and Ann Palazzo. You put these people in the same room and good things are bound to happen."


Gossard promoted to system administrator

Len Gossard has been promoted to system administrator in the Data Center. In his new role, Gossard will primarily administer the security of the Colleague system and assist Joel McLaughlin, UNIX/Colleague administrator, with general ERP administration and support functions. Gossard has been with the college since May 2002 as a computer operator and technician.


Office exercises can relieve tension

The Wellness Activities Initiative committee is continuing its efforts to help provide exercises you can perform to help alleviate aches and pains and prevent long-term injuries. The newest video offers simple stretches you can perform at your desk to help relieve tension in your shoulders and neck. To view the video, click here.

If you have any questions, contact Don Laubenthal at ext. 3627.