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ERIC Number: ED058846
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jan
Pages: 43
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The Numbers Game. A Study of Enrollment Patterns in Private Colleges and Universities.
Jellema, William W.
This report presents data obtained from a survey conducted during the summer of 1970 in which private U.S. colleges and universities were asked to report on past and projected enrollment patterns for every year from 1965-66 through 1971-72. The various categories covered in the survey included freshman applications, freshman admissions, freshman head-count enrollment, total undergraduate head-count enrollment, total graduate head-count enrollment, total full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment, and total full-time equivalent graduate enrollment. Findings generally show that enrollment has been decreasing in the last several years. Most of the participating institutions had predicted a rise in enrollment for 1970-71; however, a follow-up survey indicates that these predictions were wrong and that yet another decrease actually occurred. This constant decrease in enrollment is not only affecting institutional size but also the financial situation of the colleges. If private colleges and universities are to survive, they need to incorporate better studies, aggressive admissions programs and, above all, attractive academic programs into their regular college functions. (HS)
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Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.