School and college enrollment requires careful space planning

Posted by Jerry Doll on Tue, Feb, 14, 2012 @ 08:02 AM

planning graphicFrom 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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