UACCM Nationally Recognized for Growth

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton has been recently ranked as one of the “Top 50 Fastest-Growing Public Two-Year Colleges in the United States” in the category of colleges with enrollments of 2500 or fewer students. In its size group, UACCM ranked number 32 on the national list published in the December 4, 2006 edition of Community College Week, the nation’s weekly newspaper covering two-year colleges. 
The publication based its rankings on analysis of U.S. Department of Education data from 1,138 public, two-year institutions regarding percent growth in headcount from fall 2004 to fall 2005. The data used was based on students enrolled in courses or programs that award degree credit.
UACCM experienced a 15 percent increase in enrollment during this time period. The institution has experienced a 450 percent enrollment increase since it became a two-year college in 1991.
UACCM Director of Institutional Advancement Mary Clark said, “We’re very honored to be included in this impressive list. It shows that more people in the community value the importance of a college education, and that through UACCM’s affordability and accessibility, more people are able to actually pursue a higher education degree.”  
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, jobs that require post-secondary education will account for 42 percent of projected new job growth through 2010
and 75% of the current workforce will need significant retraining in the coming years.
Since 14 of the state’s vocational-technical schools transformed into colleges in 1991, the number of associate degrees awarded in Arkansas has increased by 98%, with almost 40,000 associate degrees awarded since 1995. According to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, at 63.4 percent, the college-going rate for Arkansas is now at an all-time high.
Nationwide, 45 percent of all first-time college freshmen attend a community college. In Arkansas, approximately 43 percent of entering freshmen are attending two-year colleges. 
Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, UACCM is a public two-year college serving approximately 1800 credit students per semester. UACCM offers a comprehensive curriculum, including technical and occupational programs, freshman and sophomore programs for university-transfer, adult education/GED, community outreach, and workforce training to meet the needs of the communities it serves.

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