Enrollment numbers, down at the start of semester, continue to steadily climb

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The MyDelta system has made registration more complicated than in previous years, which students say could potentially causing a decline in enrollment. 

Enrollment, though, is climbing.

As of Feb. 13, 2020 at 7 a.m., the student count was 18,687, or up 1.6 percent compared to the start of the day on Feb. 14, 2019, when enrollment was at 18,384.

“Our current enrollment numbers continue to increase and are above comparisons with last Spring in units taken and total student count,” said Dr. James Todd, Delta assistant superintendent and vice president of Instruction and Planning.

On the first day of school, Jan. 21, 2020, student enrollment was at 18,275, or down 1.3 percent compared to the count of 18,561 from Jan. 22, 2019, according to Todd’s report.

Enrollment numbers were down 9.4 percent as of 12 days before the start of school, according to the report, presented to the board of trustees at its Jan. 21 meeting. 

Students say MyDelta could be a contributing factor.

“The only problem and flaw I see is the MyDelta system just because it’s so confusing to get into a class, see which classes are even available to begin with because it just lists them all and you kind of just blind-eye picking classes,” Delta College student Isaiah Sison said.

Student enrollment at Delta, and systemwide, has decreased in the last few years, however. 

“I was a little worried at the beginning of the year because we started our enrollment processes a little bit later this time,” said Todd during the Jan. 21 board meeting. 

Students are enrolling into more units but there are still low numbers of students enrolling into the school.

The unit count has gone up significantly, 2,750 or 1.7 percent as of Feb. 13, compared to Feb 14, 2019.

“This changes day-to-day, as we have different periods of offerings that affect student adds and drops throughout the semester,” said Todd.