College enrollment down due to tuition changes, Covid – The Royal Gazette

Created: December 17, 2022 7:53 am

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Dear Sir;

A recent article in The Royal Newspaper pointed to a decade-long decline in enrollment at Bermuda College in its annual report. And while this is true, the direct link between enrollment and the free/discounted tuition the college offered during that time span could not be established.

As tuition rose, enrollments fell. Between 2008 and 2010, when tuition was free, academic enrollment peaked at 1,300 students. When free and reduced tuition ended, enrollment averaged 662, falling to 576 in 2021.

The article referenced a quote from the President made in the context of the entire report and not specific to the enrollment. The actual quote relating to enrollment reads: “Not unexpectedly, student enrollment in academic departments has decreased by 16 percent from a year ago.

However, this was conveniently offset by a 76 percent increase in enrollments in the PACE division as residents took up short online courses and professional development programs in anticipation of an economic recovery.”

When Covid arrived on our shores, the College anticipated a drop in enrollments due to the shift to distance learning and a change in the economic situation of many families.

However, due to the travel restrictions imposed and residence hall closures, some students enrolled in foreign institutions chose to attend BC 2020 and learn remotely.

So instead of a drop in enrollments, BC saw a slight increase. As these students returned to their “home” institutions in 2021, we again anticipated a drop in enrollment based on what was happening in higher education around the world and as we continued distance learning.

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So Covid has had both a positive and negative impact on our numbers. The article referred to our 2021 dates, but it should be noted that our current enrollment in academic departments is 602.

As shared in the report, the college has integrated recruitment and marketing strategies to attract the non-traditional student due to the declining birth rate. As a result, there has been an increase in annual PACE registrations since 2017. We would like to add that new traditional student markets are also being pursued.

The article also referred to declining satisfaction. This was cherry picking at its best as the article did not include Mr Riley’s statement that these graduates would be the first cohort to have spent at least a year in distance learning as an unintended consequence of the pandemic.

Although the satisfaction rate was 69 percent, 80 percent of respondents said they would recommend Bermuda College to others.

Finally, regarding the Parent Survey, which assesses parents’ expectations and perceptions, one of the reasons BC decided to go through the accreditation process it received in 2010 from the New England Commission on Higher Education (the same agency that Harvard University , Yale, accredited) received University and MIT, several other liberal arts and preeminent community colleges in New England) should help dispel the myth that BC does not provide quality education.

The college scored 69 percent for accreditation; So the message is spreading that we are accredited, but it seems we still have some work to do to appeal to those who don’t believe we provide quality education. Sixty-one (61) percent had or would send their child to Bermuda College, and of the 35 percent who would not, 57 percent would not because they felt it was not the “complete college experience.” “ would offer. .

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Further analysis of the data shows that families with households earning less than $72,000 per year (83 percent) and parents with a college education or less (83 percent) whose children are currently in public school (81 percent ), and blacks (75 percent) are more likely to send their child to BC.

While white parents (20 percent) whose children are currently in private school (23 percent) and earn more than $108,000 (34 percent) are the least likely to send their children to BC.

I hope this serves to clarify and balance the reporter’s story.

Evelyn James Barnett

Director of Communications

Bermuda College

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