Decisions concerning effective enrollment management should be based on an agreed
upon set of principles and guidelines. Principles upon which enrollment management
decisions are based may include the following:
- The level of the organization at which enrollment management decisions are to be made.
In general, except under extraordinary circumstances, enrollment management decisions
should be made at the college, as opposed to the district level. Within overall parameters
established by the district through collaborative processes outlined later in this
report, colleges should be charged with making operational decisions such as the number
of class sections to be scheduled and the distribution of these sections across the
college curriculum. Class schedules should be built by those in the best position
to ascertain likely student demand (i.e. college instructional administrators in consultation
with their faculty).
- Student Academic Needs Should Drive Enrollment Management Decisions. As a general
rule, student academic needs (curriculum balance, quality of instruction, availability
of courses, etc.) should be the primary factors guiding enrollment management decisions.
- The need to practice responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars. Enrollment management
decisions should be based on the principle of providing students access to courses
and programs and fostering their success while optimizing the use of financial resources.
Student-centered schedules should be planned, efficient and responsive to the communities
In addition to the above principles, district- and college-level decision-makers can
benefit from a set of guidelines to assist them in making enrollment management decisions.
Several suggested guidelines will be discussed below in the context of the functions
to be performed by the district and the colleges in managing student enrollment.