Even as enrollment grows at their four-year counterparts, many community colleges in Oklahoma are seeing their projected enrollments decline.
Enrollment numbers won't be finalized until later this month, but most community colleges throughout Oklahoma are projecting flat or dropping enrollment for the fall 2012 semester. After several years of booming growth, officials say the change is more of a correction than an outright decline.
The picture at community colleges stands in stark contrast to that of Oklahoma's public four-year colleges and universities, where enrollment is expected to continue growing.
Oklahoma's three largest universities — the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma — all project record enrollment growth this year, with OSU welcoming the largest freshman class in state history.