Enrollment, funding drops at ENMU-R

January 21, 2014 • Local News

Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell has seen a decline in enrollment in the past year as administrators deal with declining budget and staff cuts; however, students pay the most tuition to attend compared to other regional state colleges.

A full-time student taking 12 credit hours pays $696.00 per semester, or $1,392 per year. Residents who live outside of the district pay $732 in tuition for 12 semester hours. Non-residents would pay $1,896 per semester for a 12-hour full-time schedule.

Some programs also charge extra fees.

If enrolled in the Associate of Science Degree in the Nursing program, an in-district resident would pay $696 in tuition for 12 semester hours, plus $76 in fees.

The nursing program also requires several additional fees that include drug screenings, health background checks, testing fees and technology fees. [auth] Books are estimated at $1,500 and supplies may cost up to $500, according to a 2012 schedule.

ENMU-R’s tuition rates are the highest regionally.

In comparison, New Mexico State University-Carlsbad students pay $40 per semester hour. In Clovis, the rate is $39. In Ruidoso, students pay $38 and students at Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari, pay $48. New Mexico Junior College students in Hobbs pay $35 per semester hour.

Therefore, a student in Hobbs would pay $420 per semester as a full-time student with 12 semester hours, compared to a Roswell student who pays $696.

ENMU-R President John Madden said Tuesday that the students are already paying their share of costs to keep the university operating.

“We’re already socking it to the students,” Madden said.

ENMU-R has seen a decline in student enrollment in the past few years, Madden said. A complex formula used by the state that is tied to student completion has caused the school to lose one-third of its state funding.

In fiscal year 2008, the school received $16.9 million from the state. In 2012, that dropped to $10.8 million. Last year, ENMU-R was given $11.4 million.

As a result, ENMU-R has cut staff by nearly 33 percent from 2007 to 2013.

“This has already been a negative impact in Chaves County,” Madden said. “We can’t just keep laying off people. We’ve stressed the institution to the maximum.”

Much of the funding is based on whether or not a student completes a program or a class, Madden said.

When a student completes a basic class, such as English, math and history, the state pays the school a small fee. When a student completes an occupational program, such as nursing, the school is paid nearly three-times more, Madden said.

ENMU-R has seen a drop in enrollment of young students just out of high school.

“The enrollment concern is with the younger people who are coming here at the entry level,” Madden said. “They are taking the basics.”

The latest numbers show that 4,193 students enrolled in fall 2012, compared to 3,882 in 2013.

In the spring of last year, 3,623 students enrolled. This spring, 2,739 enrolled, which is nearly 1,000 fewer students.

However, the spring 2014 numbers are not final as short-term classes enroll students throughout the semester, said Donna Oracion, College Development director for ENMU-R.

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