Alfred State College has announced that it has closed admissions for fall 2010, meaning that no additional applications will be considered for the upcoming semester. The College anticipates its largest enrollment in decades with many programs already on waiting lists. The growth is attributed to the fact that Alfred State College is an excellent value with quality programs and graduates enjoy a placement and transfer rate of 99 percent. According to College President Dr. John M. Anderson, the College made this decision because of the on-going reduction of State support as well as the failure of the New York State Legislature to pass the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act (PHEEIA).
“After receiving significant state budget cuts in recent years and failing to obtain the flexibility through PHEEIA that would allow us to control our growing enrollment, we felt the prudent move would be to manage our current growth and evaluate our options for next fall once the financial picture is clearer.”
Anderson also stated that the College has implemented a number of efficiencies over the last two years which have allowed it to offer enrollment to hundreds of additional students without receiving added State funds. However, without the flexibility that PHEEIA would have provided, closing admissions and other measures will become increasingly necessary.
“The good news,” Anderson says, “is that interest in our academic programs continues to be strong, our graduates are in high demand, and our students are ready to “Hit the Ground Running” as they kick off the new school year.”