ERIC Number: ED469497
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Findings & Trends, Fall 1990--Fall 2000. AASCU/NASULGC Enrollment Report.
American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.; National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Washington, DC.
Findings from a study of institutions that are members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) or the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC) show that enrollment at public four-year institutions increased 3.4% from fall 1990 to fall 2000, going from 5.91 million students to 6.11 million students. During this period, the enrollment of racial/ethnic minorities rose 34.4% at these institutions while the enrollment of white students fell 10.6%. Similar trends were evident for both AASCU and NASULGC member institutions. At both sets of institutions, the total number of men declined slightly, and the number of women increased moderately. Public four-year colleges and universities are experiencing enrollment growth at opposite ends of the age spectrum, with greatest increases in those under 20 and those 50 and older. The greatest gains for institutions that are members of both associations was in the Southeast, and the smallest increase was in "outlying areas." Factors identified as likely to influence enrollment patterns and trends at state colleges and universities over the next several years include: (1) demographic developments; (2) an influx of traditionally underserved minorities; (3) continued change in enrollment intensity; (4) policy changes and judicial activity related to affirmative action and college/university admissions; and (5) tightening state fiscal conditions that may result in decreased program offerings or enrollment caps. Two appendixes list total enrollment in member institutions for both associations. (Contains 6 figures, 11 tables, and 45 endnotes.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Demography, Educational Finance, Enrollment, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Public Colleges
For full text: http://www.nasulgc.org/publications/NASULGCAASCU2002_enrollment.pdf.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.; National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Washington, DC.