SREB: Two-year college enrollment nears historic milestone.
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The Southern Regional Education Board works with 16 member states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Based in Atlanta, SREB was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislatures to help leaders in education and government advance education and improve the social and economic life of the region.

Enrollment at Public Two-Year Colleges Closes Gap With Four-Year Institutions

ATLANTA – October 5, 2012 – Public two-year colleges in Southern Regional Education Board states enrolled almost as many students in 2010 as did public four-year institutions in the region. The trend is detailed in an SREB analysis of data from the National Center for Educational Statistics.

The latest SREB Fact Book Bulletin says that when 2011 data becomes available, it is likely that enrollment at public two-year colleges will have surpassed that at public four-years. In 2010, more than half of all first-time freshmen at any type of institution in the SREB region enrolled in two-year colleges. In five states in the region — Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas — more than half of all undergraduates attended two-year colleges. 
From 1970 to 2010, enrollment at public two-year colleges in the SREB states climbed from 22 percent of total enrollment to 40 percent — the same share claimed by public four-year institutions. In the nation as a whole, public two-year colleges have enrolled more students than public four-year colleges since 2009.

Changes in two-year college enrollment  from 2005 to 2010 by region and for all 50 states and the District of Columbia are detailed in the SREB publication, Public Two-Year Colleges in the SREB Region Approached Historic Milestone in 2010 — Enrollment Equal to Public Four-Year Colleges.

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