Dear Commons Community,
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center published a report yesterday indicating that preliminary enrollments among all undergraduate higher education sectors decreased 2.5 percent. Graduate student enrollment increased 3.9 percent. Overall postsecondary enrollment is down 1.8 percent. Among the various sectors, public community colleges have experienced the largest declines at 7.5 percent.
The Center’s enrollment results are based on 3.6 million students at 629 colleges, nearly 22 percent of the institutions that report to the organization.
“The picture will become clearer as more data comes in, but at this point the large equity for students who rely on community colleges for access to higher education is a matter of concern,” said Doug Shapiro, executive director of the Center, in a news release.