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Enrollments in the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) have been affected by the area's slow local economy, shrinking aerospace and defense industries, the recent major earthquake, and the threat of more proposed fee increases. Since 1981-82, full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollments in the district have fluctuated. In 1993-94, both fall and spring enrollments declined from the previous 2 years, due mainly to losses in new students and Bachelor's Degree holders. The fall 1993 new student population is 75% of that in fall 1992, while the number of Bachelor's Degree holders is less than two-fifths of the number from 2 years ago. The LACCD's recent downward enrollment trend is contrary to the expanding source of college students. Some possible causes of the enrollment declines include a lack of sufficient entry-level English and math classes, which are pre- or co-requisites of almost all programs; and disproportionately low graduation and transfer rates for Hispanic students, who represent the main source of students. Without effective enrollment strategies, such as specifically designed recruitment strategies, educational programs, and support services, the LACCD may lose another 5,000 FTE students in the next 2 years. (KP)

Descriptors: Community Colleges, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Projections, Enrollment Trends, Hispanic Americans, Multicampus Districts, Student Costs, Student Recruitment, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges











Author: Chen, May Kuang-chi

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=12510&id=ED372802







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