American higher ed enrollment declines, again
Whither #highered numbers — and with them, our profession? @BryanAlexander on patterns — plus thoughtful discussion
The total number of students enrolled in American colleges and universities declined in fall 2016, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
I should say: declined again, because as my readers know, higher education enrollment has been sliding down without a break since 2013.
Let’s break the report down by key trends. And I apologize for catching this story a few weeks after the publication appeared.
According to the NSCRC the total number of students taking classes in US postsecondary institutions was 19,010,459. That’s down -1.4% from fall 2015’s 19,280,473, while that was down -1.7% from 2014’s 19,619,773. Corrected for duplication (students enrolled in multiple institutions) last fall’s numbers shrink a little further, down to 18,663,617.
By sector: enrollment especially declined in community colleges and for-profits. Four year private colleges and universities saw a slight drop. Four year public institutions alone saw growth, and that was…
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