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Recession Reshaped College Enrollment Patterns, but the Sky Didn’t Fall

By Eric Hoover

As the recession’s grip tightened during the summer of 2008, dire predictions swirled on campuses everywhere. Enrollment chiefs huddled with presidents and trustees, bracing for an era of heightened uncertainty. They worried that the number of applicants would dwindle and the number of dropouts would surge.

Three years later, many are still trying to understand how the economy has changed the enrollment landscape. A storm has hit, for sure. But what’s the damage?

Not as severe as various forecasters had feared, according to a report released today by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

The findings suggest that the recession’s effect on college enrollment—among traditional-age, first-time students—was mild. Over all, enrollments of new students rose to 2.135 million in 2010, up from 1.997 million in 2006, an increase of 6.8 percent. The sharpest one-year jump, in 2009, followed the recession’s onset by a couple of years; 2010 brought a slight decline, with two-year colleges accounting for most of the dip.

Continued at: http://chronicle.com/article/Recession-Reshaped-College/128223/

Read the report: http://www.studentclearinghouse.info/signature/

View specific data: http://chronicle.com/article/Trends-in-College-Enrollment/128214/

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