San Diego Mesa College was recognized as one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation by Community College Week magazine. Of the nation’s 1,050 two-year institutions, the magazine’s overall ranking puts Mesa College seventh in the nation for colleges enrolling at least 10,000 students.
With a 13 percent increase in enrollment, Mesa College also ranked the highest growth in numbers in the state of California.
The results were reported in the annual "Special Report: Fastest Growing Community Colleges" released November 28, 2011. The article named the top 50 fastest-growing public two-year colleges in four categories ranging from "fewer than 2,500 students" to "10,000 or more students" based on data collected between fall 2009 and fall 2010.
“This distinction comes at a critical time and in spite of the fact that in the last several years, we have had to turn away students, reduce classes and increase fees,” noted Dr. Pamela T. Luster, president. “It underscores the dedication of our faculty and staff to meet the education and workforce training needs of the San Diego region.”
San Diego Mesa College and Miramar College were two of only four California community colleges to place in the top 50 with enrollments of 10,000 or more. San Diego Miramar College ranked 41 in the CCW report, with an eight percent increase, in the same category. Mesa and Miramar were two of only four California community colleges to place in the top 50 with enrollments of 10,000 or more.
The demand for classes at Mesa, Miramar and City College is at an all-time high, even as the colleges and the entire the California Community College system face severe and continuing budget cuts. All three colleges are part of the San Diego Community College District, which also includes San Diego Continuing Education.
Community College Week published its findings in the November, 2011 issue. It based its research on U.S. Department of Education data, which only include analysis of students enrolled in courses that lead to a post-secondary degree or other formal award. The publication ranks the colleges in order of percentage change in student count. The report can be found at www.ccweek.com.