Bolstered by revenue safeguards such as federal food programs and student loans, K–12 and college foodservice has emerged as an industry bright spot expected to grow steadily over the next several years, according to The Education Foodservice Market in the U.S.: Elementary, Secondary and Higher Education by market research publisher Packaged Facts.
Women dominating postsecondary ranks
For fall 2008, 19.57 million students were enrolled at all Title IV postsecondary institutions. 18.97 million of these students were enrolled in a 4-year undergraduate program (48.0% of total enrollment), a graduate program (12.7% of total enrollment) or a 2-year program (36.3% of total enrollment).
- Among the 9.39 million students enrolled in a 4-year undergraduate program, 7.42 million (or 79.0% of all 4-year undergraduates) were enrolled full time and 5.26 million (or 56%) were female.
- While graduate students were more evenly split between full-time and part-time status, some 61% of graduate students were female.
- 2-year institutions also enrolled a higher percentage of females, but about 59% of 2-year students were enrolled part time.