Higher ed nerds throughout the land rejoiced last week at the release of The National Center's for Education Statistics report Projections of Education Statistics to 2023. http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2015073 Some stats from Josh's summary:
Postsecondary Enrollment Growth Is Slowing: Where as enrollment increased 42 percent from 1998 to 2012, enrollment is only expected to increase 15 percent (to 24 million) between 2013 and 2023. Traditional Age Student Enrollment Is Slowing: From 1998 to 2012 the number of 18 to 24 year olds enrolled in degree granting institutions increased from 8.2 million to 11.9 million. By 2023 that number will only grow to 13.3. The Number of Older Students (25+) Is Growing: By 2023, over 10.3 million students will be over 25. Part-Time Students Are Growing Faster Than Full-Time: Between 2012 and 2023 the number of part-time students will increase by 18 percent, compared to only 14 percent for full-time. Graduate Enrollments Increasing Faster Than Undergraduate: The number of students enrolled in graduate programs will increase by 25 percent between 2012 and 2023, compared to an increase of 14 percent for undergraduates.