ERIC Number: ED225497
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Guess Who's Coming to College: Your Students in 1990. A Research Report from the State-National Information Network for Independent Higher Education.
Hodgkinson, Harold L.
Major demographic trends affecting the size and composition of the college population, and consequences for higher education are examined. Trends and implications include the following: the under-20 group will fall below 30 percent during the decade; total births and birth rates are up in the Sun Belt and holding even or declining in most of the Frost Belt; Native Americans, Hispanics, Orientals, and some religious groups are increasing rapidly; a much higher percentage of the diminished youth cohort of the decade will be from minority backgrounds, single-parent families, multiple-earner families, and others who may have problems getting prepared for college; industry, the military, government, and voluntary agencies are educating 75 percent of U.S. adult learners; there is a rapid expansion in the numbers of those over 65, which may affect issues of access to education and assistance; women and Blacks have rapidly gained better access to higher education, while Hispanics will also; and a large increase in the 35- to 44-year-old age group will mark the economic development of the 1980s. It is suggested that liberal arts institutions, which have relied on attracting a white, middle-class, suburban student body, will be more vulnerable, and collaboration with industry, the military, and others may bring new programs to higher education. (SW)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Age Groups, Birth Rate, College Attendance, College Students, Demography, Enrollment Influences, Geographic Distribution, Geographic Regions, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Nonschool Educational Programs, Nontraditional Students, Older Adults, Population Trends, Prediction, Race, Student Characteristics, Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC. National Inst. of Independent Colleges and Universities.