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ERIC Number: EJ847085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1541-0935
Credit and Non-Credit Community College Enrollment and the Economy
Frentzos, Dimitrios
Community College Enterprise, v11 n1 p93-103 Spr 2005
Though studies have been conducted to find out the effect of unemployment on credit enrollment in community colleges, none have been done to find the effect of unemployment on non-credit enrollment. The present study explores the following question: "When the economy is on a downward curve, does non-credit enrollment decrease and credit enrollment increase?" The economic indicator in the study is Michigan's unemployment rate. Schoolcraft College, Livonia, Michigan, provided current and past enrollment figures for 1986 to 2002, which were compared against the unemployment rate for the same years. Analysis showed a strong negative correlation between Michigan's unemployment rate and the enrollment in non-credit classes. No statistically significant correlation was found between Michigan's unemployment rate and enrollment for credit classes. The purpose of the study is to assist community colleges in better understanding general enrollment patterns for credit and non-credit classes and to help with planning and forecasting class offerings. (Contains 5 tables.)
Schoolcraft College. Community College Enterprise, 19600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, MI 48152. Fax: 734-462-4679; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan