This is a brief follow-up on that Pew Research Center poll I blogged about briefly a few days ago, in which the general public expressed more skepticism about the value of online college courses than college and university presidents. (Jonathan Rees offered some thoughts on this too.)
Who says there is no justice in this world? (Via Fratguy):
For-Profit College Enrollment Plummets | Enrollment at for-profit colleges has “plunged” in recent months, by more than 45 percent in some cases, the Wall Street Journal reports, as the empty promise of these “subprime schools” comes to light to potential students. The colleges “have pulled back on aggressive recruiting practices amid criticism over their high student-loan default rates,” and “many would-be students are questioning the potential pay-off for degrees that can cost considerably more than what’s available at local community colleges.” The Washington Post Co.’s Kaplan reports enrollment down 47 percent while large for-profit operator Corinthian Colleges Inc.’s stocks sank to an 11-year low.
Meanwhile, back in meatspace, according to the Denver Post:
[Public C]olleges from one end of Colorado to another are seeing record enrollment this fall.
Leading the pack as the fastest-growing college — again — is the institution formerly known as Mesa State, now Colorado Mesa University. Alamosa’s Adams State College comes in a close second.
Most colleges haven’t completed their official census yet, but based on preliminary numbers, Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction projects a fall enrollment of about 8,900, up about 14.8 percent increase from 7,751 in 2010.
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On the other end of the state, Colorado State University welcomed an estimated 4,500 freshmen this week, the largest freshman class ever on the Fort Collins campus, said spokesman Brad Bohlander.
The official count at CSU won’t be complete for a couple of weeks, Bohlander said. “We are expecting our third year of overall record enrollment at CSU,” he said.
Who ever would have predicted? Now, I’m glad that Coloradoans are giving us their votes of confidence in the value of the educations we provide in our state colleges and universities, but I sure wish they’d agree to pay what it costs. We’ve been coasting on non-tenure track fumes for the past twenty years–it’s time to replenish the supply of faculty so that we can continue to serve not just this generation of college students but future students too. My deparment (fr’instance) hasn’t run a search for four years, but in the meantime we’ve lost five tenured or tenure-track faculty. This is unsustainable–something’s gotta give.