Hussar, W. and Bailey, T. (2009) Projections of education statistics to 2018 US Department of Education National Center for Educational Statistics: Washington DC
The education department’s projections for schools granting degrees show enrollment will increase:
- 38% for Hispanic students, 26% for black students and 4% for white students
- 16% for women and 9% for men
- 9% for students ages 18-24; 25% for students 25-34; 12% for students 35 and older
- 12% for undergraduates and 18% for graduate students
- to 20.6 million overall in fall 2018 – 13% higher than 2007 stats
1. Increase of 13% in overall student numbers will put even more pressure on funding. My guess: even larger classes if there is no radical change in teaching/institutional delivery methods
2. Increase in proportion of older and graduate students will increase demand for more online learning, flexible delivery, and distance courses/programs
3. Increasing diversity of students will require more diverse/adaptable teaching strategies to accommodate increasing differences in learning style’s/academic abilities.
How will institutions respond to this? Larger face-to-face classes or more intelligent use of technology? Answers on a postcard please (actually, comment box below will do).