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January 2011

NEO Named One of the Fastest-Growing Colleges


NEO Growing Fast
NEO A&M College President Jeff Hale presenting the Community College Week plaque recognizing NEO as "one of the nation’s fastest growing colleges" to Amy Ishmael, vice president of student affairs.

Community College Week magazine recently named Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, (NEO) number 38 of the 50 fastest-growing community colleges in the nation and one of only two institutions in the state of Oklahoma to make the list. NEO ranked 38, while Seminole State College ranked 46.

Of the nation’s 1,050 two-year institutions, CCW’s overall ranking puts NEO third in the nation for colleges enrolling at least 2,000 students, with a 21 percent increase in enrollment.

“This recognition truly is a testament to the NEO faculty and staff responsible for the recruitment of new students,” said NEO A&M College President Jeff Hale. “Everyone at the college, from the instructors who provide high quality education, to the grounds crew who make this campus so beautiful, have played a critical role in helping the college earn this distinction.”

Enrollment statistics reported by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, (OSRHE) indicate that overall enrollment at Oklahoma's public colleges and universities has increased by 3.3 percent, (totaling 193,462 students), since 2009. Comparatively, Oklahoma community colleges have grown by 4.9 percent. Only two junior colleges in the state experienced a double-digit (percentile) increase in enrollment, one of which was NEO.
The CCW publication ranked the community colleges based on the percentage increase in enrollment from 2008 to 2009. NEO had a 21 percent increase in student enrollment in only a year’s time and has had the most growth in the state overall increasing by 28.9 percent in the last two years; that’s more than any public college or university in Oklahoma, according to the OSRHE 2009 annual report.

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