Copper Mountain College Struggles to Keep up with Registration
December 6, 2010
Copper Mountain College (CMC) has seen a significant increase in the number of students attempting to register for Spring 2011 classes. Over 1100 students stood in line during the first three days of registration compared to last year’s 800. According to Mr. Greg Brown, Vice President for Student Services, “While we have seen enrollments increase over the past four semesters, we have not seen students show up in such large numbers to register during the first week.” Before the doors opened at 8:00 a.m. on Monday over 200 students stood in a line that began forming as early as 5:00 a.m. Every available staff member trained in the admissions and registration process was on hand and worked throughout the day but the line continued beyond normal operating hours.
Late that afternoon, a decision was made to close the Student Services doors at 5:00p.m. allowing staff an hour to complete the registration of those already in the Student Services Office before its scheduled closing at 6:00 p.m. This resulted in 30 or more students being turned away who were waiting outside of the building. Superintendent/President Dr. Roger Wagner stated that “The consequences of this poor decision rest squarely on my shoulders. We are a small college with a small staff and they had worked all day under very stressful circumstances. I spent much of Tuesday morning responding to valid concerns resulting from that decision. It is difficult times for all of higher education, and in particular for community colleges”. Wagner went on to explain that the College kept its doors open and offered summer classes when other area colleges shut down due to budget cuts and we continue to admit students beyond the cap established by the State
Chancellor’s Office. “Keeping our doors open during this tough economic period is a local priority that comes with a price tag that we will have to share in the cost,” added Wagner, noting that the college is now serving hundreds of students above its enrollment cap. I am painfully aware of the long lines students have had to stand in and even more aware of the disappointing service we provided to some of our students on the opening day of registration, for this I offer my sincere and personal apology.”
Registration for first time students will begin on Monday December 6, 2010, and Dr. Wagner says the College will be prepared for any unusually large number of students that may show up to register.