ERIC Number: ED440242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Postsecondary Education Undergoes Growth and Evolution.
Workforce Economics Trends, Feb 2000
Since the 1970s, enrollment at higher education/postsecondary institutions increased steadily; this rise helped reshape the higher education landscape. A higher proportion of high school graduates attended colleges and universities, and the institutions evolved and changed through a more diverse student body with shifting priorities in academic and career goals. Two-thirds of high school graduates entered college upon graduation in 1997 compared to less than half of all high school graduates in 1979. Enrollment at higher education institutions increased 30 percent between 1975-96, principally in public and private four-year colleges and public two-year colleges. Public and private four-year universities experienced relatively slow enrollment growth for the same period. Increased enrollment in postsecondary institutions mirrored population growth trends. The 10 states with the largest percentage increase in enrollments were located in the high growth areas of the Western and Southern United States. Increased access led to increased diversity. Between 1976-96, minority enrollments rose 114 percent. The proportion of institutions offering distance education increased from 33 to 44 percent; enrollment in distance education courses jumped 117 percent between 1994-95 and 1997-1998. More than half of adults with at least some college experience or with household incomes of $50,000 or more participated in continuing education. (YLB)
Descriptors: Colleges, Continuing Education, Distance Education, Enrollment Rate, Enrollment Trends, Higher Education, Labor Force Development, Minority Groups, Student Characteristics, Universities
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Authoring Institution: National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.