Educational Technology

May 29, 2012

Enrollment Boom Forces Community Colleges to Invest in Technology

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By Tanya Roscorla, Converge

From fall 2007 to fall 2010, community college enrollment jumped by more than 20 percent and reached a total of about 8.2 million students, according to a 2011 American Association of Community Colleges survey of 268 community colleges. That’s an increase of 1.4 million students. Nearly 17 percent of the growth came between fall 2007 and fall 2009. At Howard Community College in Columbia, Md., the higher enrollment is putting a strain on its campuses. “What we’re seeing is that there’s such a huge rise in population in community colleges right now that we don’t necessarily have the on-campus infrastructure to support the influx of students, so space is a huge concern,” said Amy Chase Martin, director of instructional media at Howard Community College. “That’s a concern for us. But time is also a huge concern for our student population.”

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