Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Community College Enrollments Are Up: On Campus and Online

The League for Innovation in the Community College has released a report that proves the old educational formula is still true: When the economy slows, community college enrollments go up.

Why? There are two main reasons:

  • The unemployed turn to their local community colleges to learn new skills.
  • Many students who would normally go away to a four-year institution save money by living at home and taking core classes at a junior college. And, the savings can be large. Check out the Community College of Baltimore County's online chart that shows what a value they are in comparison to other public and private institutions.

Enrollment is up across all areas of the curriculum--from core courses and student success programs to remedial and career enhancement.

However, the real news is that online course enrollments are dramatically up, and more community colleges are adding courses and complete programs due to student demand.

Take a look at Nassau Community College's online offerings for spring.

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