ERIC Number: ED317109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Emerging Trends in Higher Education.
This literature survey examines trends in higher education requiring a broad base of support from the changing institutions and the people who have to respond to, plan for, and manage the changes. Trends are identified in the areas of enrollment, financial aid, curricula, faculty, financial status, and assessment. Trends affecting enrollment include recruiting practices, increased publicity about institutions, emphasis on student retention, and demographic changes in the pool of potential applicants. Enrollment rates in general are analyzed, with special emphasis to racial/ethnic group students, adult learners, and part-time students. The number of students receiving financial aid has declined, and recipients have shifted from long-term degree programs to short-term vocational programs. Changes in curricula are taking place, especially in the areas of general education and critical thinking skill development. Trends in employment include the increase in the number of part-time faculty, the underrepresentation of minority faculty members, and shortages of faculty in certain subject areas. The financial status of colleges and universities is being impacted by tuition rates, inflation, and faculty salaries. There is also a trend towards increased assessment as businesses and industries demand assurance of the quality of higher education programs. Includes 34 references. (JDD)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.