ERIC Number: ED409936
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul-16
Reference Count: N/A
A Preliminary Analysis of Recent Enrollment Trends.
Quanty, Michael B.; And Others
In spring 1994, enrollment began to drop at Virginia's Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC), after having steadily increased between 1986-87 and 1993-94. The number of annual full-time equivalent students dropped 3.5% in 1994-95 to 4,394, another 3.8% in 1995-96 to 4,226, and another 11.3% in 1996-97 to 3,745. The college sought to provide a context for the enrollment losses by comparing data for the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) as a whole, state urban community colleges, and local four- and two-year colleges. Results of the analyses included the following: (1) enrollment in the VCCS as a whole declined by 6.9%, or 9,742 students, between fall 1991 and fall 1995, compared to a decline of 9.4% for TNCC; (2) for both the TNCC and the VCCS, the largest drop in enrollment was among students 20 to 34 years old; (3) although both TNCC and the VCCS experienced declines in attendance rates, or enrollment divided by population, TNCC's rates were below those of the VCCS for students of all ages; (4) while local state colleges experienced enrollment declines similar to those at TNCC during the period, they showed increases for 1996; and (5) the enrollment declines at TNCC between 1995 and 1997 were considerably higher than those at other urban community colleges in the state. Five data tables are included. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Thomas Nelson Community Coll., Hampton, VA.