Pellissippi State named to fastest-growing colleges list

Pellissippi State Technical Community College has been named one of the 200 fastest-growing community colleges in the nation, according to Community College Week, an independent news publication for educators.

Pellissippi State was ranked 28th in the 5,000 to 9,999 category by the National Center for Education Statistics, the publication reports. Fall 2005 credit enrollment for the school was reported to be 7,686. Fall 2006 credit enrollment was listed as 8,257 which was a one year increase of 7.4 percent.

NCES, a division of the U.S. Department of Education, has been collecting data for the annual Fall Enrollment Survey since 2001. The center calls for fall semester enrollment numbers from more than 7,000 post secondary institutions. Institutions are required to report “all students enrolled in courses creditable toward a diploma, certificate, degree or other formal award.”

Community College Week has been publishing the data since the NCES ranking began. During that time, overall enrollment among public two- and four-year associate’s colleges has increased by 7.4 percent, from 6 million to 6.5 million students. The number of such institutions, on the other hand, has increased by only 1.8 percent, from 1,160 to 1,181.

Motlow State Community College in Lynchburg, Jackson State Community College in Jackson and Northeast State Technical Community College in Blountville also ranked in the top 200.

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