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ERIC Number: EJ794724
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May-1
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
The Baby Boom Echo
Roach, Ronald
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v25 n6 p6-8 May 2008
As Dickinson College saw its annual applicant pool nearly double from 3,000 to almost 6,000 over the past decade, the student profile at the private liberal arts college not only grew academically stronger but more geographically, racially and ethnically diverse. At Dickinson and hundreds of U.S. colleges and universities, this recent growth in the college-age population, a demographic trend beginning in the mid-1990s known as the "baby boom echo," heightened the exposure and popularity of academic institutions. Many schools saw expanded recruitment efforts meeting success because of the increased competition among students seeking college admission. While the baby boom echo years proved beneficial to institutions, this article describes how U.S. colleges and universities have prepared for the next era in U.S. higher education demographics. This past March, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) spelled out in a report the ending of the college-age population growth years made possible by the baby boom echo. Declines in the U.S. college-age cohort will follow 14 consecutive years of growth in high school graduates starting in the 2008-2009 academic year. From 2008-2009, projections reveal decreasing numbers of high school graduates with the trend bottoming out around the 2013-2014 academic year and then gradually rising. The report also projects that racial minorities will become a significantly larger share of the college-age population.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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