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Luna sees decline in enrollment

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By The Staff

New freshmen enrollment is up at Luna Community College, but those gains weren’t enough to offset the loss of other students, according to figures released by the school this week.

While new freshmen enrollment is up 8.4 percent this semester, the school’s total enrollment in both head count and credit hours is down.

As of the 15th day of classes, there were 1,640 students attending Luna, according to a news release from the school.

That’s 148 fewer students than were attending last fall, which amounts to a nearly 8.3 percent drop in enrollment. Credit hours are down by 7.3 percent.

“The college has launched a student persistence, retention and completion initiative this fall that will help students attain their degree or certificate,” the Luna news release states. “The goal is to see more students go into the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution.”

Fall enrollment is also down at Highlands and at a number of other New Mexico colleges and universities.