ERIC Number: ED254286
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Report on 1984-85 Enrollment: California Community Colleges.
This analysis of 1984-85 enrollments in the California community colleges begins with a summary of major trends, indicating that: (1) for the third consecutive year, community college fall enrollment has decreased from the peak recorded in fall 1981, with a cumulative 3-year decline of nearly one-fifth; (2) the decline appears to be due to several factors including the new student fee, improved employment conditions, demographic changes, and policy changes; (3) enrollment increases have been experienced by some suburban and rural colleges, while the largest decreases are reported by inner city colleges; (4) a large decline (one-fifth) has taken place among students taking six to nine units, for whom the new mandatory fee represented the largest increase; and (5) an unusually large decrease in the number of black students could be explained in part by the state's changing demographics. The next sections focus on changes in credit and non-credit enrollments for fall 1984, estimated spring 1985 enrollment, and factors contributing to the enrollment changes (i.e., a first-ever mandatory enrollment fee; continued impact of the drop fee; improvements in the state's employment situation; continued decline in the number of high school graduates; lower fees and changing admissions practices at the state's four-year institutions; and calendar and policy changes. A brief review of national enrollment trends and discussion of future research directions conclude the report. Data tables are appended. (LAL)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Identifiers - Location: California