ERIC Number: ED456866
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Pocket Profile of Community Colleges: Trends & Statistics. 3rd Edition.
American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.; Association of Community Coll. Trustees, Annandale, VA.
This brief profile discusses trends and statistics for American community colleges. It identifies the top five programs at community colleges as: (1) dental hygiene; (2) manufacturing process technology; (3) telecommunications/interactive information specialists; (4) physical therapy assistant; and (5) registered nursing. Other highlights include: (1) according to 1997-1998 statistics, there are 1,130 public and independent community colleges in the United States; (2) about 46% of all first-time college freshmen attend community colleges; (3) in fall 1997, more than 5.4 million students took credit courses at community colleges, while another 5 million took non-credit courses; (4) minority enrollment in community colleges rose during the 1990s, accounting for 30% of community college enrollment at the time of this report (1998); (5) more than half of all undergraduates with disabilities attend community colleges; (6) 60% of community college students are older than 21 and 16% are older than 40; (7) nearly 50% of all community college students work full time; and (8) attending community college to obtain credits for transfer to a four-year institution remains a goal for a large segment of the student population. This profile also points out that it is no longer uncommon for a person with a college degree to attend a community college for computer courses or to otherwise update work skills. (NB)
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, College Faculty, College Programs, Community Colleges, Demography, Diversity (Institutional), Diversity (Student), Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Trends, Financial Support, Salaries, School Statistics, Statistical Data, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges
American Association of Community Colleges, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036 ($15). Tel: 202-728-0200. Web site: www.aacc.nche.edu.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.; Association of Community Coll. Trustees, Annandale, VA.