RCCD Enrollment Management Committee
Principles and Guidelines
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
- 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 served.
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