Enrollment at Redlands Community College in El Reno enrollment exceeds projections in wake of financial woes

Although the college hasn't completely recovered from its recent financial problems, Redlands Community College hasn't lost the support of its students, acting college President Jack Bryant said Wednesday.
by Silas Allen Published: September 5, 2013
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Although the college hasn't completely recovered from its recent financial problems, Redlands Community College hasn't lost the support of its students, acting college President Jack Bryant said Wednesday.

Bryant told the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education on Wednesday the college didn't lose any students due to Redlands' $1.1 million financial hole. The El Reno college's full-time equivalent enrollment stood at 1,398 last week, outpacing the college's projected full-time equivalent enrollment by 98, Bryant said.

Full-time equivalent is a figure designed to factor a college's part-time students as a part of its overall enrollment.

The college has paid off about 70 percent of what it owed and had negotiated structured payment plans with its largest vendors, Bryant told the board. College officials plan to have the remaining unstructured debt paid off by December, he said.

Regents are scheduled to vote on the college's roughly $11.5 million budget at a meeting Thursday. The budget contains about $10.6 million in spending and $856,000 in scholarships and fellowships, where no money changes hands.

Redlands came under fire last May when a financial analysis showed the college owed more than $1.1 million in unpaid bills, including some that dated back more than six months. State regents requested the audit after the college fell several months behind on payments to the regents office.

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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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