ERIC Number: ED431465
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar-4
Reference Count: N/A
Study of Citizen Access to Wyoming Community College Education. WCCC Special Study Domain 1.
Butler, Steven W.; Grandjean, Burke; Henry, Thomas
This study of Wyoming citizen access to community college education explores several factors related to college enrollments over the period of 1990-1997, and examines projected student enrollments, 1998-2006. Included topics are: (1) age characteristics of the Wyoming population (1990-1997); (2) age characteristics of credit headcount enrollments in the Wyoming College System (1990-1997); (3) penetration rates of Wyoming colleges into Wyoming counties (1990-1997); (4) projected changes in population and age demographics in Wyoming (1998-2006); and (5) projected enrollments in Wyoming Colleges (1998-2006). Wyoming population data were obtained from the US Census Bureau and the Wyoming Division of Economic Analysis (EA). The study found that between 1990 and 1997, an increased percentage of college system enrollment was due to the 17-24-year olds, although this age group is expected to decline between 2000 and 2006. The 40-49-year-old age group was the second largest contributor, with 15% of credit headcount in 1997, and is also expected to decline between 2000 and 2006. Twenty-five to 29-year-olds comprised 11% of total credit headcount enrollment, and their numbers are projected to increase by more than 50% between 1997 and 2006. Projected growth in the 60 and above age group may impact college enrollments. Findings are presented for seven of Wyoming's colleges and districts. The paper concludes with the observation that there is an inconsistency between population growth and college system enrollments, meaning that other factors affect enrollment. (JJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wyoming Community Coll. Commission, Cheyenne.