Why Community College
Michigan and California Community Colleges Facing Declining Enrollment
Michigan is just one of the Midwestern states that is seeing some of the most dramatic drops in community college enrollment this year. According to a report a CTI Career Search, schools in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo Valley are both facing smaller student bodies this year than last, with an approximate five-percent drop in enrollment numbers. More of the schools in the state are expecting similar declines.
Austin Community College in Texas has big plans for its students over the next few years, as the campus plans for major expansion in hopes of meeting future enrollment projections. However, as the campus undergoes the upheaval typical of construction projects, many feared that a student cutback would be necessary until the expansion was complete. Fortunately for Austin, that problem was easily solved by purchasing “swing space” at a nearby mall.
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About the Study
This particular study was conducted by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center and was primarily used to determine how the recent recession impacted both college enrollment and persistence patterns. The study looked at thousands of institutions across the country to determine the number of first-time students under the age of 21 who enrolled in a postsecondary institution for the fall term between 2006 and 2010. According to a report at Inside Higher Ed, this report is designed to be the first in a series of reports titled, “Signature Reports,” by this organization.