Fastest Growing Community College in U.S.

Fullerton College experienced the largest community college enrollment growth in the United States in 2012-2013, according to data released by the National Center for Education Statistics and published in Community College Week.

Fullerton College saw a 23.8 percent enrollment increase in 2012-2013. College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita had the second largest growth with a 21.9 percent increase. Growth continued at Fullerton College into 2013-2014, when the college saw an 18.6 percent spike in students.

The Community College Week analysis underlined that Proposition 30 was integral to enrollment growth in California. The state measure created about $800 million in additional funding to the California Community College system.

The influx of support from the state allowed the college to increase class offerings by more than 28 percent. Additionally, the college began offering more counseling programs to local high school students, so first-time freshmen had greater ease entering college. The college also strengthened partnerships with high school districts and the business community, according to President Rajen Vurdien.

“It is exciting to hear we lead the country in growth,” said President Rajen Vurdien. “Additional state funding gave us the support to offer more classes. But it was the shared commitment by faculty, staff and the administration that allowed the college to create and strengthen services that support students.”

Read the full Community College Week report by visiting: http://ccweek.com/.

Author: Fullerton College

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