Calhoun among Nation's Fastest Growing Community Colleges
In the most recent issue of Community College Week (November 28, 2011 issue), Calhoun Community College was the only Alabama community college with enrollments over 10,000 included in the list of the nation’s “Fastest Growing” community colleges. The analysis was based on data provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s annual IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) report.
Based on the report, Calhoun was listed as #20 out of the nation’s top 50 Fastest Growing public colleges with enrollments of 10,000 or more. While the overall growth for many of the colleges surveyed for the report was on the decline, Calhoun’s enrollment growth for the considered time period was up 10% or 1129 students (up from 11,005 students for fall 2009 to 12,134 students for fall 2010).
According to the report, the listings were based on changes in enrollment from fall 2009 to fall 2010 and only considered students who were enrolled in courses that can accrue toward an associate’s degree, certificate or other formal award. For the national survey, the enrollment trends at 1,129 of the nation’s two-year institutions were examined.
“We are pleased to be included among the list of America’s fastest-growing community colleges,” commented Calhoun President Marilyn Beck. “Our sustained enrollment growth is clear evidence of the hard work of our faculty and staff and of our efforts to successfully meet the educational and training needs of the communities we serve.
“It is truly exciting to find our name listed among those of the nation’s top colleges,” Beck added.
The annual enrollment analysis has been conducted by Community College Week since 2001.