ERIC Number: ED319432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Fauquier Enrollment Projections: Preliminary Study, March 1989.
Ward, Howard W.
A study was conducted to determine whether the two-year college facilities and programs available to residents of Fauquier County in Virginia were adequate to meet their current and future needs. Lord Fairfax Community College and Germanna Community College, which share responsibility for serving this rural county, recently combined their resources to improve their service levels. A renovated barn was donated to the schools, providing classroom and office space. This made it possible for the colleges to offer day classes, as well as the night courses offered at the local high school. Public interest in expanding the number of programs and the physical plant were instrumental in initiating a study of the future space potential of "The Barn" and the need for additional facilities. In addition to projecting enrollment potential, the study investigated issues such as operating funds, faculty recruitment, student services, and administrative support. Findings from the study indicated that the main factors influencing enrollments were population, industry composition, public school enrollments, other higher education institutions, and curricula. Combining experience, intuition, and subjective assumptions with available data led to the following predictions: (1) enrollment in the program should continue to increase; (2) fall 1989 enrollment could approximate 140 full-time students and nearly 500 part-time students, but the newness of the program may reduce these numbers by about 50%; (3) facilities at The Barn will be fully utilized in 1 to 2 years; and (4) enrollments will be contingent upon public awareness and available programs. Tables and graphs are attached, detailing population, employment, high school graduation projections, K-12 enrollments, approximate distances from colleges and universities and from The Barn, Fauquier program enrollments, and continuing education ratios. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Germanna Community Coll., Locust Grove, VA.