San Diego Mesa College has been recognized by Community College Week as one of the nation’s Top 50 Fastest Growing Colleges. Of the nation’s 1,050 two-year institutions, the magazine’s overall ranking puts Mesa College seventh in the nation for colleges enrolling at least 10,000 students, with a 13 percent increase in enrollment.
“This recognition truly underscores that San Diego Mesa College is the college of choice in San Diego and Imperial Counties,” noted President Pamela T. Luster. “This distinction comes at a critical time, and in spite of the fact that in the last several years, we have had to turn away students, reduce classes and increase fees.”
The demand for classes at Mesa, Miramar and City College, part of the San Diego Community College District, is at an all time high, even as the colleges and the entire the California Community College system, faces severe and continuing budget cuts. San Diego Miramar College ranked 41 in the CCW report, with an 8 percent increase, in the same category.
The SDCCD colleges buck the trend of moderate enrollment gains throughout California and the nation after years of rapid growth. Mesa ranked the highest growth in numbers in the state of California, with Mesa and Miramar being two of only four California community colleges to place in the top 50 with enrollments of 10,000 or more.
The CCW publication ranked the community colleges based on the percentage increase in enrollment from 2009 to 2010.