Newspaper article The Florida Times Union
State College Enrollment Up but Georgia Southern, Valdosta State Dropping
ATLANTA -- Enrollment in state colleges grew slightly this fall,
but tougher admissions policies and a strong economy might be
taking a toll on some of Georgia's public universities.
Enrollment rose at the University of Georgia, Georgia State
University and Armstrong Atlantic State University, but fell at
the state's two regional universities -- Georgia Southern and
Valdosta State -- and several other schools, including Augusta
State, Savannah State and the Medical College of Georgia.
Chancellor Stephen Portch's plan to better manage enrollment in
the system's 34 colleges and universities received a boost: the
numbers were up at two-year schools.
Overall, Portch said, "The enrollment increase is very much in
line with what we wanted to see . . . a modest increase. I'm not
a huge fan of up and down increases."
Last year, enrollment declined about 1 percent at university
system schools. This fall, it rose 0.5 percent, from 204,332 to
It increased from 29,404 to 29,693 at the system's flagship
school, the University of Georgia, and from 23,410 to 24,300 at
Georgia State University.
Enrollment grew at Armstrong Atlantic in Savannah from 5,617 to
However, it fell at Georgia Tech, from 12,985 to 12,969; at the
Medical College, from 2,499 to 2,448; at Georgia Southern from
14,312 to 13,965; at Valdosta State from 9,799 to 9,779; at
Augusta State from 5,561 to 5,510; and at Savannah State from
2,822 to 2,746.
Earlier this year, the University System Board of Regents
projected enrollment growth at each of those schools over the
next five years, including a 10 percent rise at Augusta State
and 6 percent at Savannah State.
Enrollment in two-year schools grew from 45,252 to 45,401.
While that's not much of a gain, community colleges have
struggled to show an increase the past few years despite
attempts by the Board of Regents to make them more attractive by
lowering tuition. …