From our friends over at School/College Planning & Management comes some facts and figures about how our increasing population in the United States equates to growing school and college enrollments. Here are some quick facts.
- 2010 U.S. Census information reveals the population of the United States increased 9.7 percent over the previous 10 year period.
- More than 25% of the population (85.3 million people) are enrolled in or employed by a school or college
- Elementary and secondary enrollment increased by 8 percent between 1995 and 2008; and it's on an upward spiral. Enrollment is expected to increase another 5 percent by 2020.
- Eight states are projecting an increase in enrollment of 15 percent by 2020. Here's the breakdown:
- Nevada - 28.4%
- Arizona - 26.2%
- Alaska - 24.8%
- Texas - 22.7%
- Idaho - 18.7%
- Colorado - 18.0%
- Washington - 17.0%
- North Carolina - 15.1%
- Projections for Fall of 2011 estimate K-12 enrollment at 54.7 million students.
- 49.4 million attending public schools
- 5.3 million attending private schools
- The school age population will grow to nearly 80 million by 2050, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
- An estimated 3.6 million teachers/faculty are employed in K-12 schools. This number increased by 23 percent between 1995 and 2008. It is projected to increase 7 percent by 2020.
- Total enrollment in postsecondary degree-granting institutions increased 43 percent from 1995 to 2009; and is projected to increase an additional 13 percent between 2009 and 2020
Increased enrollment means a greater need for updated schools, new furniture, supplies, technology, software, and human resources. Education enrollments are growing in the U.S. We must plan now to accommodate our future needs.
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