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Report projects 12 percent enrollment increase.

WASHINGTON -- Can your college handle a 12 percent enrollment increase by the year 2016?

That's what the National Center for Education Statistics is projecting for two-year colleges. It reports that community college enrollment fluctuated during the first six years of the 21st Century, following decades of uneven growth.

The center's report, The Condition of Education: 2007, says that about 6.5 million students attended two-year colleges in 2005, up from 2.3 million in 1970. It projects about 7.5 million will be attending classes on community-college campuses nine years from now.

The report also states that the average faculty compensation, including salary and benefits, grew by 7 percent at public community colleges and 14 percent at private institutions, when adjusted for inflation, between the 1979-80 and 2005-06 academic years.

In constant 2003-04 dollars, annual two-year public college faculty compensation rose from an average of $48,800 to $52,100. But it actually dropped 2.1 percent since 1999-2000. Figures include fringe benefits, which rose to $14,700 from $9,200.

At private two-year colleges, average compensation rose over the period to $37,300 from $32,700 in constant dollars. Fringe benefits went to $7,200 from $6,000.

But the community college pay increases were lower than at any other types of postsecondary institutions.

The report also said that in 2005, 54 percent of full-time community-college students were employed though only 14 percent worked more than 35 hours a week.
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Title Annotation:CAPITOL briefs
Author:Pekow, Charles
Publication:Community College Week
Date:Jun 18, 2007
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