Thursday, October 29, 2009

Recession Fuels College Enrollment Surge

Fueled on Something Else

to October 29 Pew Research post, "College Enrollment Hits All-Time High, Fueled by Community College Surge".

Excerpt: The share of 18- to 24-year-olds attending college in the United States hit an all-time high in October 2008, driven by a recession-era surge in enrollments at community colleges, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Just under 11.5 million students, or 39.6% of all young adults ages 18 to 24, were enrolled in either a two- or four-year college in October 2008 (the most recent date for which comprehensive nationwide data are available). Both figures -- the absolute number as well as the share -- are at their highest level ever.

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