Diane Smith

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Wholeben, Brent E.

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations


Community colleges--Illinois; Education--Demographic aspects--Illinois; School attendance--Illinois--Statistics


While community colleges have been successful in reaching their goals by serving the educational, social, and employment needs of their communities for many years, that success has been threatened by economic, technological, and social changes that have impacted the ability to maintain enrollment in traditional programs. The challenge for community colleges will be to continue to provide education and training to an evolving, diverse student population. Regrettably, these challenges must be met with diminishing resources to include increases in salaries and commodities and, in general, an increase in the cost of delivering quality education and training. The problem that was addressed in this study was to identify those factors that impact community colleges' ability to project future enrollments. This problem is significant because wavering enrollments and limited funding are key factors that are affecting educational planning and the financial stability of community colleges. The purpose of this research was to identify current factors (such as birthrate, student profile, graduation rate, admission and educational policies, recruitment, retention, external competition, job market, funding, financial aid, research data, student tracking, leadership, and changing communities) that should be considered in the process of projecting future enrollments, as well as provide an explanation of how to minimize the confusion in enrollment management for institutes of higher education.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [495]-500)


xlviii, 545 pages




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