More minority and community college students are seeking a higher education, a trend that helped Texas' enrollment grow about 4.3 percent to about 1.5 million this fall, according to preliminary data released by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board today.
"There is a steady growth across all sectors and ethnic groups," said Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes, during a telephone press conference held this week.
The 2011 preliminary enrollment reflects an increase of 62,467 students, the fourth largest increase since 2001. The state's highest enrollment increase in the last 10 years was in 2009 with 121,935 students.
The 2011 preliminary enrollment numbers are being presented to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board today during a quarterly meeting in Austin. Higher education institutions submit preliminary enrollment data to the state based on the 12th class day.