Pasco-Hernando State College experienced double digit enrollment growth, with a climb of more than 14.5 percent over enrollment last year at this time. Approximately 11,000 students registered for fall term classes. Higher enrollment factors include the opening of the new Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel, the launch of two new baccalaureate programs and new health related workforce programs as well as escalating interest in online courses.
The Bachelor of Applied Science in supervision and management and the Bachelor of Science in nursing enrolled 123 students. The number of students enrolled in online courses is up 39 percent. Growth in courses offered via the Internet is at record highs, though data indicates that most students prefer to blend online courses with traditional, campus-based classes.
“We are pleased to see strong enrollment growth overall,” said Katherine Johnson, Ed.D., PHSC president. “In less than one year, PHSC has transitioned to a state college, launched new baccalaureate degrees, and added many exciting new workforce programs,” she continued. “Though many factors contribute to enrollment growth, it is rewarding to see that the community’s enthusiasm and support for the PHSC reflected in robust enrollment numbers.”
In the last five years, the college’s FTE (full time equivalency) enrollment has increased by nearly 12 percent. Courses and sections have been added to accommodate student demand and new program offerings continue to be developed.
The college has also opened two new campuses in four years: the Spring Hill Campus in August 2010 and the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel in January 2014.
Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) serves the educational needs and interests of its community by awarding certificates, diplomas, associate and baccalaureate degrees. As a comprehensive, multicampus learning-centered institution, PHSC utilizes various instructional modalities and support services. PHSC provides an accessible, diverse teaching and learning environment rich with opportunities for students to achieve academic success and cultural growth in a global society.