Article: Economic Realities and Admissions – Inside Higher Ed

“While this year’s admissions cycle may not be truly over until new students show up in the fall, many high schools and colleges can now see clear trends. Not surprisingly, the economy is having a real impact on student choices and behavior, according to a study released today by the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

The study is based on surveys conducted by NACAC of its member high schools and colleges — with officials at the former reporting on the students they advised through the application process, and the latter providing impressions of their applications process. (On the high school side, responses came disproportionately from private high schools, so while NACAC says the figures are valid when examined by sector, they cautioned against assuming that the average of public and private answers was some sort of national average. Another caution is that the questions refer to increases or decreases, not always to the magnitude of those shifts, so there could be significant variation among those answering the questions the same ways.)”

Read the rest of the article here.

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It comes as no surprise to us that the following was found through the study:

“Interest in community colleges was up, especially at public high schools, 62.9 percent of which reported an increase in the number of students selecting community colleges; only 2.9 percent reported a decrease. Among private high schools, most counseling officials reported no change in interest in community colleges, but 21.3 percent saw more students going to two-year institutions.”
With the current economic crisis we’re in, more and more students and their families are looking towards much cheaper alternatives to pursue their higher education goals. With a $20/unit enrollment fee in California, community colleges are the best deal in town. Like all California community Colleges, Diablo Valley College offers outstanding educational opportunities including transfer programs, which are backed by support services that rival any public or private universities.
Along with this increase of interest in community colleges, problems also come with it. So what does this mean for the student?
Full Classes – Trying to enroll for your preferred section might be very difficult. You may find that by the time that your registration date comes along, the class is already full. Have some back ups in mind. Also, if you are eligible, seek out services that may provide you with early registration (EOPS and DSS). If you are on the waitlist, or even if there isn’t a waitlist, attend the first day of class and see if other students have dropped the class or if the instructor has opened up spots.
Long Lines – No matter what service you’re trying to access, lines and waits are bound to be longer due to the amount of students requiring assistance. Most programs have taken on online services (you can add/drop online, request for transcripts online, ask your questions online). If you don’t require the office to look up your personal information, contacting the office electronically will save you the time from waiting in line.
Most problems that come along increased enrollment usually relates with “crowding” issues. But if you plan ahead (meet with an Academic Counselor, know what you’re asking, have alternate plans) then you can save yourself frustration from waiting in long lines and not getting in your preffered classes.
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