New NCES Report Shows Major Enrollment Increases in Postsecondary Education

Enrollment at private for-profit postsecondary institutions has quadrupled in the last decade, according to a report released yesterday by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

The Condition of Education 2011 is a congressionally-mandated report analyzing 50 indicators that impact all levels of education. The report examines enrollment, degrees conferred, and other areas that provide a closer look at the current condition of postsecondary education in America and how it has evolved. While much of the report focuses on postsecondary education, NCES also shows that private, religious school enrollment has plunged while public charter school enrollment is increasing. Other findings include:

  • From 2000-2009, undergraduate enrollment in postsecondary schools increased from 13 million students to 18 million students.
  • 30 percent of students at private for-profit 4-year institutions took distance courses
  • 41 percent more associate’s degrees, 33 percent more bachelor degrees, and 49 percent more master’s degrees were earned in 2008-2009 than in 1998-1999.

Click here to view the report.

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