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The California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) has recently completed a series of enrollment demand projections for higher education in California. The projections show that enrollment demand at the independent universities will grow to 150,000 students by 2019, an increase of nearly 21,000 from current levels. Although UC (University of California) and CSU (California State University) account for 80% of undergraduate enrollments in the state, growth at independent universities can make a significant contribution to California's need for more university places. The increase in enrollment projected for the independents is comparable to the increase in enrollment demand projected for the UC system. CPEC's enrollment demand projections for the public systems show that if California is to restore access to higher education at the level it was before the recent recession, UC and CSU will be asked to serve 74,000 more students in 2019 than they did in 2008. Studies by the Public Policy Institute of California indicate that university enrollments might need to increase even more than this for California to produce enough university graduates to meet workforce needs as the state's economy recovers. The independent universities could take some enrollment pressure off UC and CSU and help increase degree production in California. Policymakers will need to assess whether the state should take action to encourage more enrollment at the independents. Financial aid can make these institutions an affordable option for many students. [For the related reports, see the following: "Ready for Learning: The Contribution of California's Independent Colleges and Universities in Meeting Undergraduate Demand. Report 10-17" (ED512401); and "Ready or Not, Here They Come: The Complete Series of Undergraduate Enrollment Demand and Capacity Projections, 2009-2019. Report 10-08" (ED510323).]

Descriptors: Enrollment Trends, Educational Demand, Enrollment Rate, Private Colleges, School Statistics, Postsecondary Education, Enrollment Projections

California Postsecondary Education Commission. 770 L Street Suite 1160, Sacramento, CA 95814. Tel: 916-322-9268; Fax: 916-327-4417; e-mail: Publication_Request[at]cpec.ca.gov; Web site: http://www.cpec.ca.gov









Author: California Postsecondary Education Commission

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=5025&id=ED512405



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