ERIC Number: ED468625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Projections for College Attendance by Younger and Older Students. Briefing Papers.
Projections of college attendance over the next 15 years reveal that higher percentages of Americans will attend college, the student body will become more diverse, and the costs associated with the challenges of higher education will challenge state governments in particular to secure higher funding. In the next 15 years, approximately 1.6 million additional young adults will seek access to higher education, and a large proportion will be from low-income and minority families. The number of older students has been growing along with the number of younger students. Between 1999 and 2010, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) projects an increase of 9% in the number of students over age 25. NCES figures suggest that there will be somewhat fewer (under 22) than older students (over 22) in college over the next decade. Colleges will need to research and put into place educational approaches shown to be effective with diverse students, both young and old, and organize regular classes and distance learning to enhance student learning. (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Students, Age Differences, College Students, Enrollment Projections, Higher Education, Nontraditional Education
For full text: http://www.aacu-edu.org/gex/briefingpapers/projections.cfm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.
Note: Prepared for the Association of American Colleges and Universities Greater Expectations National Panel.