ERIC Number: ED354976
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
The Changing Student Demography of Cerritos College. Topical Paper Series, Issue 2, Fall 1992.
Angle, Nancy; And Others
The rapidly changing demographic profile of students at Cerritos College (CC) in Norwalk, California, presents a substantial challenge for the college as it seeks to simultaneously provide transfer education and job skills training, and to maintain comprehensiveness, quality, and access. A study was undertaken of the changing student population at CC to address the needs for institutional changes, the desirability of curriculum modifications, and the impact on faculty and staff. Study findings included the following: (1) from fall 1982 to fall 1991, the number of students under 21 years of age declined from 35.1% to 31.7%, while the 35-49 age group increased by 1.5% during this same period; (2) in fall 1991, 52.8% of the CC student body was comprised of ethnic minorities, compared with only 30% of the opening enrollment in fall 1980; (3) in spring 1991, a student survey indicated an ethnic distribution of 42.6% Latino, 25.7% Caucasian, 16.3% Asian, 7% Black/African American, and 6.6% Filipino; (4) analysis of local high school feeder districts revealed higher percentages of Limited English Proficient (LEP) students than the state average, suggesting that CC will experience a growing demand for English-as-a-Second-Language courses; (5) socioeconomic status of high school seniors' parents from CC's feeder districts fell below the median statewide level, suggesting a likely growth in enrollment among financially disadvantaged students; and (6) given the increased tuition at state universities, enrollment is likely to experience steady growth at CC, especially among financially disadvantaged students. Suggestions for dealing with the changing student demographics are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: College Planning, College Role, Community Colleges, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Demography, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Quality, English (Second Language), Enrollment Trends, Faculty Recruitment, Institutional Characteristics, Sociocultural Patterns, Student Characteristics, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cerritos Coll., Norwalk, CA.