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Local School Expects Enrollment Increase, Despite National Research

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Fewer students are enrolling overall in postsecondary schools across the nation. That's not the case for at least one local school.

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows there's a decline of nearly 2% in enrollment for many schools across the nation. But Rocky Mountain College administrators say they're expecting to see a 15% increase in new students this year.

RMC President Dr. Robert Wilmouth said the school's retention numbers are up by 1%. He said they've worked hard to get students to the school, and to stay. Wilmouth said retention is a report card for the school.

"Aside from academic issues with retention, why do people leave? They shouldn't be leaving. They're here on a voluntary basis, and we owe it to them to provide them with the best experience," Wilmouth said.

RMC also recently received notice it will receive nearly $1.5M over the next five years from the U.S. Department of Education. The money will go towards increasing retention and graduation rates.

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