Coconino Community College (CCC) was recently ranked as one of the fastest growing community colleges in the country by Community College Week. The college was ranked No. 30 on the magazine's top 50 list of community colleges with enrollments between 2,500 and 4,999 students. CCC was the only Arizona community college to be listed in its size category.
Community College Week is a national industry magazine that provides in-depth analysis of issues, trends and news impacting two-year educational institutes. Each year, the magazine examines annual enrollment activity among community and technical colleges by reviewing data from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. This year the magazine compared 2009 and 2010 enrollment numbers, focusing only on enrollment in courses that lead to two-year degrees or certification. Approximately 1,100 colleges were examined.
Between 2009 and 2010, CCC experienced a 12 percent increase in enrollment, which secured its position on the list. During CCC's fall 2009 semester, 3,926 students were enrolled in courses qualified by the study, and a year later an additional 468 students enrolled in classes, for a total of 4,394 students.
CCC attributes its growth to providing a high-quality and affordable education, and creating a learning centered environment. The college also offers a special program that allows students to make a seamless transition to Northern Arizona University, save on tuition costs and stay on track to earning a four-year degree.
"Community college enrollment is at an historic high across the country and we are pleased to be among the few colleges that are still growing significantly and leading this trend," said Leah L. Bornstein, President of Coconino Community College. "Our continued growth is a reflection of the great programs we offer and dedicated staff. Each year classes fill up faster, appointments with advisors increase, and our parking lots stay full year around."
Community College Week's report found that community college enrollment changes between 2009 and 2010 increased 3.1 percent, down from the 8.4 percent jump between 2008 and 2009. According to the magazine, enrollment figures are still increasing, but at a slower pace than in the past few years.