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December 2007 Press Release





11th straight year numbers have increased reports says



ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 14, 2007) Maryland Higher Education Secretary James E. Lyons announced today that enrollment at Maryland’s colleges and universities rose by nearly 2 percent from last year making it 11 straight years that total headcount has increased.

“I’m very proud of these numbers,” Secretary Lyons said. “As an advocate for higher education my entire adult life, I am delighted to be working in a state that can produce these kinds of numbers. I think it speaks highly of Governor O’Malley’s belief that no one should be denied a degree who seeks one. I obviously join with him in that belief and these trends seem to bring those beliefs out.”

This year, 5,769 more students attended Maryland’s colleges and universities. During the past 20 years, total in enrollment in Maryland’s schools has grown by 36 percent. For 11 straight years, total headcount enrollment has increased.

The State’s community colleges experienced the most growth of any higher education sector at 2.6 percent, or 3,057 students. This growth accounted for more than 53 percent of the growth statewide. Public four-year institutions enrolled 2,441 more students than last year.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and universities and private career schools. It serves as an advocate for more than 300,000 college students in Maryland, for the State and its needs, and for business and industry in Maryland.

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