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Computer system troubles, pandemic hurt Highline enrollment

Highline’s new ctcLink computer system and pandemic fatigue are to blame for lower enrollment in spring, college officials said this week.

Spring Quarter began Monday, April 5. Most classes remain online, where they’ve been for the past year, following Gov. Jay Inslee’s March 2020 announcement canceling in-person classes across the state.

Multiple factors power late surge in enrollment

In August, Highline’s enrollment numbers looked bad – hundreds of classes were under-enrolled. Low enrollment threatens the college’s state funding, since all the state’s colleges are expected to reach enrollment targets.

But as Fall Quarter drew near, the numbers recovered, due to a couple of factors, one Highline official said.