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National College Enrollment Declines, CSHS Not Affected

Sep 25, 2014 10:02AM ● By Amy
Recently released U.S. Census Bureau data suggests a decline in the nation’s college enrollment for the second year in a row. Similar data from the Census Bureau in the past few years has also indicated that the average national high school graduation rate is a little more than 80 percent. 

“The drop-off in total college enrollment the last two years follows a period of expansion. Between 2006 and 2011 college enrollment grew by 3.2 million,” said Kurt Bauman, chief of the Census Bureau’s Education and Social Stratification Branch. “This level of growth exceeded the total enrollment increase of the previous 10 years combined —2.0 million from 1996 to 2006.”

In the same study, it was determined that a large part of the decline took place in two-year college enrollment. These community, or junior, colleges experienced a 10 percent decline in enrollment from 2012 to 2013, while enrollment at four-year colleges grew slightly (1 percent).

Carroll Senior High School in Southlake boasts a 99 percent graduation rate, and 98.5 percent of CSHS seniors are college-bound. Southlake was recently recognized by Newsweek as one of the top ranking high schools of 2014 in the United States —coming in at No. 80 —on a list that included more than 750 high schools in the nation. Factors such as graduation rates and standardized test scores were taken into consideration when determining rank.