ERIC Number: ED221936
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Declining Enrollments: Managing in the Period of Fiscal Retrenchment.
This guidebook for managing declining enrollment in an era of fiscal retrenchment is presented in three sections. Section 1 describes the extent of enrollment decline; analyzes its causes, including changes in birth rates, women's work roles, and migration and housing patterns; and explores its effects, including reduced school budgets and staffs, restricted class offerings, and increased class size. Special attention is paid to the problems associated with school closing, particularly when urban schools are affected. Section 2 presents suggestions for coping with declining enrollment. These include guidelines for enrollment prediction; plans for involving the community in the strengthening of programs through needs assessment, goal setting, strategy determination, and evaluation of the results of changes; suggestions for staff involvement in retrenchment planning; strategies for reducing the professional staff; and recommendations for using a task force approach to ensure community involvement and communication. Section 3 notes contributions that state education agencies can make to combat enrollment decline problems. Among these are improving forecasting methods, providing planning assistance and special services, and developing more flexible staffing policies. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Declining Enrollment, Educational Administration, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Projections, Enrollment Trends, Reduction in Force, Retrenchment, School Closing, State Departments of Education, State School District Relationship, Urban Problems, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: CEMREL, Inc., St. Louis, MO.
Note: A research paper prepared for the Urban Education Network by the Urban Education Program at CEMREL.