From The Associated Press: The nation's colleges are attracting record numbers of new students. A study released by the Pew Research Center highlights the growing diversity in higher education. Newly released government figures show that freshman enrollment surged 6 percent in 2008 to a record 2.6 million, mostly because of rising minority enrollment. That is the highest increase since 1968 during the height of the Vietnam War, when young adults who attended college could avoid the military draft. The enrollment increases were clustered mostly at community colleges, trade schools, and large public universities, which tend to have more open admissions policies and charge less tuition.