Calhoun is among nation's fastest growing colleges

In the most recent issue of Community College Week, Calhoun Community College was the only Alabama community college with enrollments of 5,000 - 9,999 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.

According to the December 1, 2008, report, the listings were based on changes in enrollment from fall 2006 to fall 2007 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.

While the overall growth among the colleges surveyed was 1.6%, Calhoun's enrollment growth from fall 2006 to fall 2007 was 6.8%.

According to the report, during this same time period, private for-profit and non-profit institutions saw an overall enrollment decline of -2.1%.

"We are pleased to be included among the list of America's fastest-growing community colleges," commented Calhoun President Marilyn Beck.

"Our continued 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, conducted by Community College Week since 2001, considers only those institutions that are accredited by either a regional or specialized postsecondary accreditation agency  and  only those located in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.