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Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 7:24 pm | Updated: 7:27 pm, Wed Sep 19, 2012.

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — A thousand more students attend Richard Stockton College this year than four years ago, and college officials have begun examining just how many more the campus can hold.

College officials presented the annual fall enrollment report at the board of trustees meeting Wednesday, and for the most part all of the numbers were higher.

Undergraduate enrollment has increased from 6,671 in 2008 to 7,517 this fall, Dean of Enrollment Management John Iacovelli said in a report titled “Reaching New Heights.”

Graduate enrollment increased from 636 students in fall 2008 to 883 this fall, bringing the total enrollment to 8,400 this year.

After the meeting, President Herman J. Saatkamp said a committee has been appointed to do a strategic enrollment report to look at the impact on finance, academics and development if enrollment continues to grow.

“We can’t just keep growing,” Saatkamp said. “Now we have to decide the limit.”

He said the maximum the campus could handle would likely be somewhere between 9,500 and 10,000 students.

Saatkamp said parking is already an issue, with students now parking at more remote lots and taking shuttles to the main campus. A parking committee has been looking at options.

Pinelands restrictions have also limited how much more the college can grow on its main campus.

The one area where enrollment has shrunk is during the summer. Dean of General Studies Jan Colijn said the economy, the new flat-rate tuition that lets students take more credits during the academic year, and the lack of financial aid for summer courses have all contributed to lower attendance over the last three years.

In 2010, 2,044 students took summer courses, but in summer 2012 that number dropped to 1,697.

In other business, the trustees corrected an error in the tuition and fees charged to part-time undergraduate and all graduate students for 2012-13. Saatkamp said tuition and fees were supposed to increase three percent for all students, but the original resolution passed by the trustees in July included a larger increase for the part-time and graduate students.

He said they realized the error, and bills were adjusted for the students so they did not pay the higher rate. But since the trustees had approved the resolution, they also had to formally approve the correction.

Curtis Bashaw was also elected chairman of the board of trustees, replacing Stanley Ellis who had served for two years. Dean C. Pappas was elected vice chairman.

Contact Diane D'Amico:

609-272-7241

DDamico@pressofac.com

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