CTC ranks among fastest growing two-year schools

Community College Week recently released its list of the fastest-growing public two-year colleges from fall 2010 to fall 2011. Using data reported through the federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) survey, Central Texas College ranks as the 39th fastest growing school with enrollments of 10,000 or more. CTC reported fall 2011 enrollment of 26,995 which is a 3.6 percent increase from the fall 2010 figure of 26,055.

The statistics, which are gathered by the U.S. Dept. of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, represent a fall semester snapshot of enrollment in credit-bearing classes. The survey results are based exclusively on students enrolled in courses that lead to a postsecondary degree or other formal award. Only institutions that are Title IV-eligible, or accredited by a national, regional or specialized postsecondary accreditation agency, were included in the survey.

One trend indicated by the survey results shows the enrollment numbers at two-year and associate colleges showed a slight decrease since the last report. In 2007, enrollment was at 6.7 million and reached 7.9 million in 2010. Last year, enrollment was at 7.8 million. Another trend showed the number of full-time students declined slightly while the number of part-time students continued to increase. Experts believe these changing trends may be a sign of better economic conditions in the past year.

Since 1988, Community College Week has been the independent source of in-depth information for and about two-year college faculty, administrators and trustees. Published biweekly, each edition offers news and features not provided by other news sources, including analyses of critical academic trends and issues, vital statistics, technology updates and employment opportunities as they relate to community colleges.

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