ERIC Number: ED412386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Higher Education: The Changing Marketplace.
Workforce Economic Trends, Oct 1997
Recent data point to a postsecondary education market in the midst of profound changes that are transforming the structure of the education and training industry itself. More high school graduates are enrolling in college upon completing high school. Enrollment in both two- and four-year institutions is increasing. Since 1969, part-time undergraduate enrollment has increased over 14 percent. College entrance examination scores show modest improvement. College freshman remedial coursework is most prevalent in math. About one-half of students enrolling in postsecondary education attain a credential or a degree within 5 years. The portion of full-time college students at two- and four-year institutions who work while enrolled full-time has increased. Average undergraduate tuition, room, and board is rising faster than median family income. Enrollment in all higher institutions continues to increase. Enrollment in undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools is increasing. Higher education enrollment is becoming more diverse. Lifelong learning is a reality. For many, noncredit courses, short courses, and conferences are more important than traditional credit classes as a source of continuing education. Barriers to taking more education and training are cost, busy schedules, and inconvenient times. Jobs in the future will require more education. Over 9 in 10 companies provide educational assistance to their employees. Other countries are beginning to close the gap in postsecondary education. (YLB)
Descriptors: Colleges, Continuing Education, Degrees (Academic), Education Work Relationship, Educational Certificates, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Patterns, Enrollment Trends, Fringe Benefits, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Job Skills, Labor Economics, Labor Force Development, Lifelong Learning, Nontraditional Education, Occupational Information, Part Time Students, Paying for College, Relevance (Education), Remedial Instruction, Student Certification, Student Costs, Student Financial Aid
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Authoring Institution: National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.