PSCUS FILL THE CAPACITY GAP FOR STUDENT ACCESS AND SUCCESS
In the past decade, PSCUs invested $5.75 billion to increase capacity and serve more students.
At the same time, public colleges have had to stem enrollments because of caps on public funding. For example, California’s community colleges turned away 140,000 students in the 2009-10 academic year.
Enrollments in degree-granting PSCUs soared from 2000 to 2010:
At four-year degree-granting PSCUs, enrollment increased 513 percent, compared with just 34 percent at four-year public schools and 22 percent at four-year private nonprofit institutions
At two-year PSCUs, enrollment increased 124 percent, compared with 26 percent at two-year public institutions, while enrollment decreased 44 percent at two-year not-for-profit schools
Students graduate from PSCUs with credentials in high-demand fields. Of the three occupations projected to grow fastest and require postsecondary credentials by 2020, PSCUs award:
75 percent of those in dental assistance
37 percent of those in HVAC
8 percent of those in EMT
Of the projected five fastest growing occupations requiring associate’s degrees by 2020, PSCUs award:
51 percent of those in veterinary technology
33 percent of those in cardiovascular technology
39 percent of those in medical sonography
17 percent of those in occupational therapy assistance
12 percent of those in dental hygiene
If America is to meet projected workforce requirements over the next decade, we need:
15 million new bachelor’s degrees
4 million new nondegree credentials
1 million new associate’s degrees
Private sector colleges and universities will have to continue to provide skills-based educational opportunities, particularly to nontraditional students, to fill these job demands.
PSCUs open doors to many of the 9 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills. PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.