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ERIC Number: EJ935370
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar-28
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Trends & Indicators: Enrollment Period
Harney, John O.
New England Journal of Higher Education, Mar 2011
Since New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) began publishing tables and charts exploring "Trends & Indicators" in New England higher education more than a half-century ago, few figures have grabbed as much attention as college "enrollment" data. These local, state, regional and national data go beyond simple headcounts of students going to college to tell the stories of New England's changing demography, the region's economic life and increasing globalization. There is no "typical" New England college student. The region's student body--nearly 1 million strong--is more female than it used to be and increasingly multicultural. But the student body is hardly economically diverse. Of students born into the top quartile of family income, more than 84% graduate from high school and go on to college, compared with 41% of students from the bottom family income quartile, according to "Postsecondary Education Opportunity," the data-rich newsletter published by higher education analyst Thomas G. Mortenson. Among other findings: (1) More than 960,000 students were enrolled at New England's colleges and universities in 2009, up by nearly 150,000 students since 2000; (2) Nearly half of New England college students attend private institutions, compared with just over one-quarter nationally; (3) Women students began to outnumber men on New England college and university campuses in 1978, and the imbalance has grown to about 549,000 women to 414,000 men; and (4) African-American and Hispanic college enrollments have grown in all New England states, but the groups together still account for only 13% of New England college students. (Contains 12 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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