ERIC Number: ED245751
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Report on the Possible Influence of Economic Conditions in the Washington Metropolitan Area on Student Enrollment at Montgomery College.
Montgomery Coll., Rockville, MD. Office of Institutional Research.
A study was conducted at Montgomery College (MC) to investigate possible relationships between student enrollment and economic conditions and educational costs. The study methodology consisted of a correlation analysis and a time series multiple regression model. The study developed mathematical equations for predicting fall semester enrollments for full- and part-time students in the following categories: county residents entering MC immediately after high school graduation; county residents entering MC for the first time 1 to 3 years after high school graduation; returning MC students; first-time students between the ages of 20 and 55; residents of other Maryland counties; and non-residents of Maryland. The independent variables in the study were population source, the unemployment rate, the consumer price index for the Washington metropolitan area, the tuition difference between MC and the University of Maryland, and the total amount of financial aid awarded to MC students. Study findings included: (1) of the five independent variables, only the total amount of financial aid awarded appeared to be highly correlated with student enrollment in a significant majority of the 12 student groups; (2) unemployment rate, consumer price index, and tuition difference did not significantly account for student enrollment variability in any of the 12 groups; and (3) only the equations which predicted out-of-state enrollments were found to have predictive validity. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery Coll., Rockville, MD. Office of Institutional Research.