Colleges Respond to Enrollment Decline

According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, overall postsecondary fall 2016 enrollments decreased by 1.4 percent from the previous fall, representing a continuous enrollment decline for institutions nationwide.

This downward trend has led to colleges—including Columbia—absorbing the impact of lower revenue and making adjustments to attract more students.

During an Oct. 13 Faculty Senate meeting, Senior Vice President and Provost Stan Wearden and Vice President of Business Affairs and CFO Jerry Tarrer presented a preliminary look at the college’s 2017–2018 fiscal year budget, which was approved Oct. 31, and also explained how the college’s enrollment decline would affect revenue and overall student experience.

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