Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Report Focuses on Impact of Surging Enrollments

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Report Focuses on Impact of Surging Enrollments

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The surging enrollments in primary and secondary schools will begin to make an impact on colleges and universities within a few years, officials at the U.S. Department of Education say in their annual back-to-school report.

A record 53 million students will be in public and private K-12 schools this fall, and the department's projections show a 10 percent increase in the number of high school graduates during the next decade. As a result of these trends, enrollments of full-time students in colleges and universities will increase by nearly 20 percent during the next decade.

While the enrollment increases are a long-term challenge for colleges, they are an immediate problem for many low-income schools with old facilities and overcrowded classrooms, the report says.

"We need to figure out where we will put these children, and who will teach them," Education Secretary Richard W. Riley says.

The report, titled Growing Pains: The Challenge of Overcrowded Schools Here to Stay, says that given the enrollment increases and an expected wave of teacher retirements by 2010, the nation also will need to train an extra 2. …

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