ERIC Number: ED264917
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Enrollment Trends: Preliminary Analysis of Fee Impact.
This two-part analysis of enrollment trends in California's community colleges focuses on general trends during the past decade and on enrollment in 1984 (i.e., the year that mandatory student enrollment fees were first implemented). Following background information on the implementation of the first-ever community college fee in California, the report assesses the general status of educational opportunity in the state, and reviews 1975-80 enrollment trends and trends seen during the 1980s. The next section of the report analyzes enrollment changes in 1984 and the impact of the new fee. Finally, policy implications related to fee changes, financial aid problems, employment and course scheduling conflicts, and losses in minority enrollments are discussed. Among the findings highlighted in the report are the following: (1) community college enrollments dropped by 7% in 1984 due to several factors, including the new enrollment fee, employment improvement, and declining numbers of high school graduates; (2) the new Board of Governor's financial aid program did not have the impact expected because of inadequate local staffing and complex application procedures; (3) enrollment increases were experienced in a few suburban and rural colleges, while the largest losses were reported in large urban districts; (4) students enrolled after the fee was imposed reported higher incomes than those enrolled prior to the imposition of the fee; and (5) disproportionate losses of Hispanics and younger Blacks appear to have been due to financial considerations. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Identifiers - Location: California