ERIC Number: ED129141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Patterns in Undergraduate Enrollment Growth Among State Colleges and Universities, 1969-1974.
Undergraduate enrollment patterns among state colleges and universities changed dramatically between 1969 and 1974, including large differences in enrollment growth between rural and urban institutions and among various regions of the country. Overall enrollment patterns reflected logical reactions of students and their parents to college financing problems. The cost of college attendance rose and large numbers of students chose lower-cost educational opportunities. This study, based on information from 247 state colleges and universities, also found that institutions that charged low tuitions but lost undergraduate enrollment were usually located in rural areas where per capita income was considerably below the statewide average. Few institutions in urban areas lost enrollment. No urban institution charging annual tuition and fees lower than $200 in 1974 experienced an enrollment decline, whereas some charging over $600 a year did. The fact that cost is playing an increasingly significant roll in enrollment patterns is supported by census data on median family income increases. (Author/LBH)
Descriptors: Educational Demand, Educational Finance, Enrollment Trends, Family Income, Higher Education, Rural Urban Differences, State Colleges, State Universities, Statistical Surveys, Student Costs, Tuition, Urban Universities
American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Suite 700, One Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. 20036 ($1.25)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.