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COC is Nation's Fastest Growing JC

By Jesse Muñoz Signal, Staff Writer.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006—Reprinted from The Signal (Santa Clara Valley News).

College of the Canyons is the fastest growing community college in the nation, according to a recent study by Community College Week.

The study - which measured percentage growth between the fall 2004 and fall 2005 enrollment numbers - saw more than a 14 percent student enrollment increase at COC, good enough to qualify it as the fastest growing community college in the nation, for colleges with enrollments of 10,000 or more.

"We knew that our growth was really high, but we were really surprised," COC spokeswoman Sue Bozman said. "Quite often we've been in the top 10, but this is the first time we've been (No. 1)."

As a bi-weekly publication focusing on academic trends, issues, statistics, technology updates and employment opportunities at community colleges across the nation, Community College Week readers include college presidents, chief academic officers, faculty, student-service professionals, librarians and other educators.

With data collected through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Set fall enrollment survey - conducted by the federal government after fall enrollment numbers are verified early in the spring semester - researchers are able to convert enrollment changes into a growth rate percentage.

According to the survey, COC showed a mark of just fewer than 14,000 students during the fall 2004 semester, which grew to include just fewer than 16,000 students at the beginning of the fall 2005 semester.

"A lot of that is because our community is growing so fast," Bozman said. "It really actually validates what we were saying during the Measure M campaign: that growth is here. You see these new buildings going up, but they are going to be immediately filled with students."

In fact, 20 California community colleges made the list of the 34 fastest growing community colleges with enrollments exceeding 10,000, with Ohlone College in Fremont, Rio Hondo College in Whittier and Victor Valley Community College, placing second, third, and fourth, respectively. [emphasis added.]

While enrollment totals for the fall 2006 semester will not be available until early January, Bozman said she is expecting those numbers to be considerably above the previous year.

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