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ERIC Number: ED360907
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Enrollment Projections: Combining Statistics and Gut Feelings. AIR 1993 Annual Forum Paper.
Weissman, Julie; Stroupe, Jane
Personnel at the College of Lake County (CLC) developed a projections model for student enrollment that satisfies the need for information for budget projections and for planning purposes. CLC is a medium-sized suburban community college located north of Chicago. The Enrollment Management Team was asked to create a process to project enrollments for the 3-year planning cycle, fiscal years 1992 through 1994. The process was to provide a rationale for capital requests to the state, to aid in developing schedules and in forecasting the need for staffing, and to project future revenue. The team developed an environmental scanning process to gather data and watch trends. The team chose seats taken and credit hours by discipline as a unit of analysis for projecting enrollments. They then created spreadsheets containing historical midterm enrollment numbers of seats taken and credit hours generated for each discipline and the estimated historical and projected population of the district to which they applied the Microsoft Excel "TREND" function. The results were distributed to associate deans for evaluation and feedback. With finalized projections from the deans the Office of Institutional Research and Planning prepared the final enrollment report. The process took 4 weeks. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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