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ERIC Number: EJ792562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6405
Demographic Perfect Storm: New England Confronts a Shortage of College-Bound Students
Brodigan, Rebecca
Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, v19 n5 p13-14 Spr 2005
Back in 1978 when the author was a young lobbyist in Washington, D.C., she recalls a presentation about the demographic change that would reshape the United States over the following 25 years. Whites would no longer make up the majority of the population, and the speaker talked of a "minority majority." The changes that were forecast were dramatic but not imminent, so the talk received very little attention. Now, 25 years later, demographic projections still don't draw much attention. But they should, especially from presidents and trustees of New England colleges, whose admissions offices are confronting a series of factors that constitute a demographic "perfect storm." In this article, the author discusses the declining total number of students graduating from high schools, the growth in the number of women gaining access to higher education, and states discussing strategies for increasing the number of out-of-state students. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A