ERIC Number: ED268915
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
College Enrollment Holds Steady, Survey Shows. American Council on Education News.
American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
Results of a national survey of college enrollment trends for fall 1985 are summarized. Based on enrollment figures from more than 70% of U.S. colleges and universities, it was found that overall college and university enrollments continued to hold relatively steady, despite shrinking numbers of high school graduates and 18- to 24-year-olds. College officials attributed the enrollment stability to improvements in academic programs, increased enrollment of graduate students, and stepped-up recruitment of both traditional and nontraditional students. Some officials who reported enrollment declines cited higher tuition as a factor. Additional findings include: full-time enrollment was down 2% overall, but was stable among private institutions; community colleges showed an estimated 4% decrease in full-time enrollment; for public institutions, part-time enrollment increased by 1.7%; overall enrollment of first-time full-time freshmen increased by about 1%, while at four-year public institutions, it increased by 2%; enrollment for first professional degrees dropped by 2%, but graduate enrollment increased by an estimated 3.5%; in all, 27% of institutions reported significant decreases in full-time enrollment; and another 14.8% of institutions reported significantly increased full-time enrollment. (SW)
Descriptors: College Attendance, Community Colleges, Enrollment Trends, Full Time Students, Graduate Students, Higher Education, National Surveys, Part Time Students, Private Colleges, Professional Education, State Colleges, Undergraduate Students
American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, Washington, DC 20036 (free with self-addressed envelope).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.