ERIC Number: ED208747
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Patterns of Enrollment in Higher Education 1965 to 1977. Liberal Arts Colleges. Topical Paper No. 19.
Leslie, Larry; And Others
A total of 554 liberal arts colleges are analyzed in terms of stability or growth, full-time equivalence (FTE), part-time, female, undergraduate and graduate enrollment patterns. The institutions were divided into two groups: (1) 123 leading baccalaureate granting institutions classified by the Carnegie Council as Liberal Arts I (LA I) and (2) the remaining institutions classified as Liberal Arts II (LA II) that did not meet the criteria for inclusion in the first group. Findings include the following: LA Is are characterized generally as stable in enrollments and missions, but the changing higher education environment is altering the basic nature of LA IIs. Many of these former full-time, undergraduate, single-purpose institutions are becoming increasingly part-time, graduate, and occupationally-oriented. However, liberal arts colleges show more stable FTE enrollment patterns than all institutions nationally. The extreme growth in female higher education enrollments nationally has been shared on a much reduced scale by the liberal arts colleges, but liberal arts enrollment growth for women has exceeded that for men. Between 1967 and 1977 full-time graduate enrollment increased by 56 percent nationally, 255.7 percent in LA IIs, and 38.1 percent in LA Is. Independent LA Is were the only institutions with full-time graduate decreases. In both the independent and church-related institutions there have been larger gains of women in almost all categories. Lists of institutions in the LA I and LA II categories are appended, along with a tabular report of the findings. (CC)
Descriptors: Church Related Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Enrollment Trends, Females, Full Time Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Liberal Arts, Males, National Surveys, Part Time Students, Private Colleges, Small Colleges, Statistical Analysis
Center for the Study of Higher Education, College of Education, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona Univ., Tucson. Center for the Study of Higher Education.
Note: Second in a series of enrollment analyses. For related document see ED 184 485. Tables may not reproduce well due to small print.