Wor-Wic and Other Community Colleges Grow More Than Other Sectors
February 01, 2008
The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) recently announced that Maryland community colleges experienced more growth than any other higher education sector last fall, with an increase of 2.6 percent, or 3,057 students.

The MHEC report indicated that growth at community colleges accounted for more than 53 percent of the growth statewide. Public four-year institutions enrolled 2,441 more students in the fall of 2007 compared to the fall of 2006.

³Last fall, Wor-Wic had a nine percent enrollment increase,² said Dr. Ray Hoy, president of Wor-Wic.

³This was the largest enrollment increase of all Maryland community colleges,² Hoy explained.

Hoy added that ³enrollment for the current spring semester is running more than 10 percent ahead of last spring and the college expects the combined credit and continuing education year end tally to be up double digits over the prior year.²

Overall, a nearly two percent increase in enrollment at Maryland colleges and universities made it the 11th straight year that total headcount has increased.

According to MHEC enrollment reports, 5,769 more students attended Maryland
two- and four-year colleges and universities this year. Over the past 20 years, MHEC indicated that total enrollment in Maryland postsecondary schools has grown by 36 percent.

About half of the 260,000 students pursuing an undergraduate education in Maryland are enrolled at community colleges.