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Owens Community College: Breaking National Enrollment Records - and Still Growing

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Owens Community College the fastest-growing community college of its size in the United States has achieved another record-breaking enrollment with 17,157 students enrolled for Spring Semester.

This marks a 10 percent increase over last spring's enrollment of 15,567.

"We take very seriously our commitment to offering a high quality college education that is also affordable," said Christa Adams, Ph.D., President of Owens Community College. "Our phenomenal growth is a testimony that the community welcomes this commitment."

Owens recently was cited as the fastest-growing community college in its classification by Community College Week, a national newspaper serving community, technical and junior colleges. Owens has grown 89 percent since July 1994 with 21 consecutive semesters of headcount increases.

Owens led the national list of institutions that grew between 5,000 to 9,999 students. Rounding out the top five were College of the Canyons in California, Hinds Community College in Mississippi, Mt. San Jacinto College in California and Lexington Community College in Kentucky.

Even among colleges larger than Owens those that grew by 10,000 or more students the only one in the United States that grew faster than Owens was the Community College of Southern Nevada with an expansion of 16,718 to 33,402 in a five-year period.

"Our students tell us that expert faculty members who can provide personal attention in small classes is what draws them to Owens," President Adams said. "We may be a large institution, but it still has a small, friendly feel on campus."

This Spring Semester, there are 15,015 students on the Toledo-area Campus up from 13,613 last spring (a 10 percent increase). The Findlay Campus headcount is 2,142 compared to 1,954 last spring (a 9.6 percent increase).

The full-time equivalency (FTE) for both campuses is 4516.30 up 16 percent from Spring Semester 2001 (3880.70).

On the Toledo-area Campus, FTE is 3897.13 up 15.7 percent from last spring (3367.80) and even up 2.65 percent from this Fall Semester (3796.53).

The FTE for the Findlay Campus is 619.17 up 20.7 percent from last spring (512.90).

Owens also saw a significant increase in Weekend College enrollment, in which students can take classes on Friday evening, Saturday or Sunday. The weekend enrollment this spring is 2,690 compared to 1,839 last spring.

President Adams said that enrollment growth was spread across the technical degree areas, as well as the Arts & Science programs that offer students the first two years of a bachelor's degree with transfer to a four-year college or university.

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