Tackling the Enrollment Challenge

Helping Members Address a Pressing Financial and Student Success Challenge

Topics: Community College, Enrollment Management, Administration and Finance, Student Retention and Success, Academic Planning, Academic Affairs

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Why is Enrollment Today’s #1 Challenge?

Three reasons to begin strategic enrollment management immediately

  • Strained resources: Since the Great Recession began, community colleges have come to rely more on tuition revenue than ever before. Shrinking enrollments mean colleges will lose critical funds necessary to maintain staffing levels and services

  • Completion challenges: For-profit and four-year competitors have increasingly captured the easiest-to-serve students that would have otherwise gone to community college. Community colleges now have to use smaller budgets to support increasingly high-risk students.

  • Intense public scrutiny: As funding declines and reduces student services budgets, colleges will have a harder time improving graduation rates. As a result, the public and political leaders will increase calls for funding cuts and costly reforms at colleges without taking into account resource constraints.