Enrollment: a Moving Target for Many Colleges

7cic-aascu-survey

Central Michigan U.

"It's beautiful around here," says an official at Central Michigan U. (above), but, he points out, it's a long drive from neighboring states. The university missed its enrollment goal this year.

Enlarge Image
close 7cic-aascu-survey

Central Michigan U.

"It's beautiful around here," says an official at Central Michigan U. (above), but, he points out, it's a long drive from neighboring states. The university missed its enrollment goal this year.

Earlier this year, people who worked at colleges would tell you that there was a palpable nervousness about this fall—a sense that amid an unsteady economy and questions in the popular press about the value of college, bringing in students was going to be tough.

A Chronicle survey of 436 small private colleges and comprehensive state institutions conducted last month offers a glimpse of what colleges might actually be facing in terms of enrollment and revenue. In the