Enrollment has become the main focus of attention for
higher education administrators. For private institutions
enrollment is the major source of their funding. And due
to diminished support from states, it has also become
the major source of financial support for most public
colleges and universities. This dependence on tuition
wasn’t always so great for public institutions, but is the
result of a process that has been called the privatization
of public higher education.
Two reports that got little attention when published
recently were the Western Interstate Commission on
Higher Education, known as Wiche. This group released
its new projections of high-school graduates in all 50
states through 2031-32. After years of increases in the
overall number of graduates, the commission’s report
says, "the U.S. is headed into a period of stagnation," in
which colleges can no longer rely on growth.
Romero, A. 2017. College enrollments becoming problematic. The Edwardsville Intelligencer 9 January 2017, p. 3.