Data on community college enrollment drop

Community colleges, the low-priced gateway to higher education for many Americans, are losing enrollment as the economy recovers from a steep recession.

On Wednesday, The Post reported on the declining number of students at public two-year colleges in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Nationally, community college leaders are worried that falling enrollment will squeeze their revenue. Some, like their counterparts at four-year colleges, are searching for “enrollment management” strategies to bolster their bottom line.

“These enrollment drops are of great concern as colleges try to balance their budgets,” David Baime, senior vice president for government relations at the American Association of Community Colleges. “I have talked to a number of presidents who are making difficult decisions.”

Here is a closer look at the regional data.

District

University of the District of Columbia Community College fall 2013 enrollment: 2,686

UDC-CC in fall 2012: 2,838.

One-year decline: 5 percent.

Source: UDC

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Maryland

School Fall 2013 2012 2010 1-year percent change 3-year percent change

Montgomery College

26,155

27,453 26,015 -5 +1

Community College of Baltimore County

24,275

25,188 26,425 -4 -8

Anne Arundel Community College

16,463

17,649 17,665 -7 -7

Prince George’s Community College

13,574

13,824 14,814 -2 -8

Howard Community College

10,223

10,152 9,568 +1 +7

College of Southern Maryland

8,781

9,210 9,034 -5 -3

Harford Community College

6,993

7,226 7,135 -3 -2

Frederick Community College

6,050

6,159 6,285 -2 -4

Baltimore City Community College

5,416

5,474 7,160 -1 -24

Hagerstown Community College

4,968

5,005 4,715 -1 +5

Carroll Community College

3,794

4,103 4,108 -8 -8

Wor-Wic Community College

3,417

3,739 4,150 -9 -18

Allegany College of Maryland

3,180

3,659 4,071 -13 -22

Chesapeake College

2,572

2,660 2,956 -3 -13
Cecil College 2,566 2,711 2,426 -5 +6
Garrett College 771 873 850 -12 -9
TOTAL 139,198 145,085 147,377 -4 -6

Source: Maryland Higher Education Commission

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Virginia

School Fall 2013 2012 2010 1-year percent change 3-year percent change
Northern Virginia Community College 51,803 51,864 48,996 almost zero +6
Tidewater Community College 28,999 30,134 31,308 -4 -7
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College 12,454 12,846 12,629 -3 -1
Thomas Nelson Community College 11,033 10,942 11,086 +1 almost zero
John Tyler Community College 10,103 10,145 10,518 almost zero -4
Virginia Western Community College 8,654 8,440 8,778 +3 -1
Germanna Community College 7,379 7,520 7,582 -2 -3
Lord Fairfax Community College 7,238 7,288 7,005 -1 +3
Southside Virginia Community College 5,784 6,042 6,353 -4 -9
Piedmont Virginia Community College 5,630 5,693 5,551 -1 +1
New River Community College 4,808 5,083 5,178 -5 -7
Central Virginia Community College 4,730 4,906 5,466 -4 -13
Blue Ridge Community College 4,437 4,694 4,983 -5 -11
Danville Community College 4,280 4,420 4,534 -3 -6
Rappahannock Community College 3,555 3,711 3,757 -4 -5
Wytheville Community College 3,468 3,717 4,068 -7 -15
Patrick Henry Community College 3,163 3,079 3,289 +3 -4
Mountain Empire Community College 2,924 3,089 3,404 -5 -14
Southwest Virginia Community College 2,630 2,766 3,755 -5 -30
Virginia Highlands Community College 2,484 2,570 2,948 -3 -16
Richard Bland College 1,411 1,540 1,587 -8 -11
Paul D. Camp Community College 1,392 1,493 1,656 -7 -16
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College 1,312 1,463 1,521 -10 -14
Eastern Shore Community College 857 990 1,052 -13 -19
TOTAL 190,528 194,435 197,004 -2 -3

Source: State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Note: Richard Bland is a public two-year college but is not part of the Virginia Community College System.

A former Post education editor, Nick writes about college from the perspective of a father of three who will soon be buried in tuition bills.
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