Humanities Indicators
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Languages Other than English at Two-Year Colleges

At the request of community college institutional research specialists, the survey instrument asked for numbers of students and faculty in "foreign languages," which reflected the terminology used in the colleges. This is reflected in the titles and labels in the tables supplied by the survey contractor, and included below. Reflecting the standard practice of the Humanities Indicators, however, these disciplines are labelled languages other than English (LOTE) in the analysis of the survey.

Key Findings:

  • Courses in languages other than English (LOTE) drew approximately 300,000 community college students in the fall of 2015.
  • Over 11,000 faculty taught LOTE courses.
  • The share of institutions offering LOTE courses ranged from 54% to 66%.
  • Students taking LOTE courses comprised about 4% of all students enrolled for credit at community colleges.
  • Dually enrolled high school students comprised 15%–18% of the students enrolled in LOTE courses at community colleges.

For information and figures describing how LOTE programs compare to other disciplines, see the overview and reports about faculty, students, and high school students, as well as institutional differences in the sector.