Ohio enrollment is down again, but at a slower pace.
Ohio students are more likely to stay in state for college than their peers around the country.
The newest federal projections show a continuing lag in Ohio public high school graduates, the major source for new students in all of Ohio's colleges and universities.
Final enrollment figures for Ohio independent colleges for fall 2015 show, despite a short-term enrollment decline, a 30-year net increase of 43 percent.
Over the last ten years at Ohio's four-year colleges and universities, the share of entering undergraduates who are either part-time or transfers has been growing in both independent and public sectors.
Three years after enrolling in a for-profit 4-year institution, one in seven of the entering class of 2011 had settled for an associate degree, and half had left higher education altogether with no credential.
Ohio's standing as a net importer of first-time, full-time freshmen increased markedly in the last two years.
A drop in dual enrollment students since the change in the state program to College Credit Plus accounts for more than half the enrollment decline in Ohio independent colleges this past fall.
A drop in part-time enrollments led to an overall decline in headcount at Ohio independent colleges this fall.
While Ohio specifically and the Midwest generally lag in educational attainment, Ohio enrollment as a percentage of the population is very close to the national average.
Except for part-time undergraduates, the share of students attending Ohio independent colleges and universities who are Ohio residents is dropping.
In both the public and independent 4-year sectors, the undergraduate student body in Ohio is less female and more male than the nation's as a whole.
Overall Ohio enrollment in fall 2014 fell by 11,600 students, with the largest loss occurring among the state's community and technical colleges, which were down by almost 8,500.
Although retention rates in Ohio are the same for public and independent 4-year campuses, 15 percent more of those same students graduate on time at independent institutions.
The policy and financial changes in the state's new College Credit Plus program have cut the number of partnerships between independent colleges and school districts by one third.
Every state senator represents at least 985 undergraduates attending Ohio independent colleges and universities, and several represent more than 3,000.
Students who start at Ohio public campuses form the majority of transfers into Ohio independent colleges and universities.
Every member of the Ohio House represents at least 198 undergraduates attending Ohio independent colleges, with 18 members representing 1,000 or more.
More than 11,000 Ohio recent high school graduates enroll in college out of state, with more than half attending in an adjoining state.
Ohio independent colleges serve more than their share of nontraditional students, whether they are adults or high-school age.
Demographic trends are among the causes of another loss of enrollment in Ohio higher education institutions this fall.
Fall 2013 was a down year in enrollments across all Ohio higher education sectors.
Significant enrollment drops at four of AICUO's 50 members account for more than 80 percent of the overall headcount change. This represents the first substantial headcount drop in Ohio's independent sector in decades. Public campus enrollments in Ohio fell for the third consecutive year, by more than 10,000 students.
More than half the undergraduates considered to be "full-time" by federal financial aid regulations are not taking enough credits to earn a degree on time.
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Both public and nonprofit colleges and universities in Ohio are responding to the continuing drop of in-state high school graduates by enrolling increasing numbers of new students from other states.
After years of being a marginal net exporter of new college freshmen, Ohio recently has become a significant net importer.
While fall 2012 was not a good year for college enrollments in Ohio, there was considerable variation among sectors.
Enrollment in Ohio law schools have fallen 20 percent since their high point in 2004.
Both public and private four-year campuses in Ohio are attracting increasing shares of entering first-year classes from out of state.
Final figures for fall 2012 show a decrease of 0.1 percent in overall independent-sector headcount enrollment compared to the previous year.
Ohio continues to lag the nation and its regional peers in the percentage of adults seeking bachelor's degrees.
Ohio residents as a share of full-time undergraduates at independent colleges have dropped two percentage points since 2010.
All but one member of the Ohio Senate have at least 1,000 constituents attending in-state independent colleges, and one has just over 4,000.
Ohio independent colleges bring almost 35,000 out-of-state US citizens to study here - and they are more likely to stay after graduation.
Members of the Ohio House represent at least 185 constituents attending an Ohio independent college, ranging up to more than 2,000.
More than half of those who transfer into Ohio independent colleges do so from Ohio public campuses, and roughly equal numbers come from Ohio two-year colleges and out-of-state institutions.
Ohioans are more likely than the nation as a whole to remain in state for college.
To varying degrees, both public and nonprofit higher education sectors in Ohio lost enrollment this fall.
Consistent with a national trend, enrollments in graduate programs are off this fall at Ohio independent colleges, while undergraduate enrollments, particularly among full-time students, actually grew. Total headcount of 138,319 students this fall represented a drop of 708 students, 1/2 of 1 percent.
In the last five years, the number of new students who are transfers and part-time students has increased at four-year campuses in Ohio.
Final figures for the 2011-12 academic year show that Ohio's public and independent colleges lost just over 5,000 students from the previous year.
Enrollment in the independent sector accounted for two thirds of the much higher net migration to Ohio colleges and universities in fall 2010.
Ohio's independent colleges continue to contribute more than their share of the education of the state's adult citizens.
Grade inflation starts early: About half of new college freshmen claim an A or A- average in high school, and nine in ten an average B or above.
Facing their first drop in overall enrollment in a quarter century, Ohio's independent colleges and universities continue to seek innovative ways to help meet the state's goal of higher degree attainment despite drastic cuts in state-funded financial aid and a fallout in high school graduates.
In Ohio, at independent campuses a larger share of entering students come from nontraditional sources, such as transfers and part-timers, compared to the public universities.
The independent sector's steady growth remains a key in improving the educational attainment of Ohio's citizens.
This fall, the gap between Ohio's public sector enrollment and the headcount needed to keep pace with the state's 10-year enrollment goal grew slightly.
New data show that Ohio's ninth graders remain more likely to enroll in college than their counterparts around the nation.
This fall's enrollment increase - the independent sector's 24th consecutive year of growth - is the largest since fall 2003.
Although relatively stable, the share of freshman classes who are Ohio residents has fallen slightly since the high point in the fall of 2004, at both public and independent four-year campuses.
A quick overview of AICUO member institutions shows that more than 2/3 are still undergraduates, full-time, or Ohio residents.
Ohio independent colleges' commitment to adult students has grown substantially in the last two decades.
Ohio's independent colleges and universities also do more than their share in meeting another state strategic higher education goal: educating adults seeking bachelor's degrees.
Ohio's independent colleges do more than their share of meeting one of the state's strategic higher education goals: attracting students from out of state.
Final enrollment figures confirm the continued enrollment increases in Ohio's nonprofit higher education institutions.
Ohio's campuses, public and private, have opportunity to reach out even further than they already do to reach racial minorities.
The recent upsurge in Ohio public campus enrollments is largely concentrated at two-year campuses - namely community and technical colleges and local university branch campuses.
Lifting the tuition freeze appears not to have damaged Ohio's public-sector enrollments for now, but the full effect will not become evident until announced tuition increases become effective in the winter or spring. The lion's share of the fall increase was at the two-year campuses - community college headcount jumped by nearly 17% and branch campus headcount by more than 11% over fall 2008.
The strength of Ohio's independent colleges is evident from the 1.6 percent increase in enrollment - the 24th year in a row - during difficult economic times that include major cuts in state students financial aid.
Women already make up an increasing share of students at higher education institutions, and projections for the next decade point toward this trend continuing.
In the four-year sector, Ohio's independent colleges lead the way to success for nontraditional students.
Large majorities of entering freshmen at both public and independent colleges are from Ohio, but independent-college students have a better chance of learning with someone from another part of the country.
Ohio independent colleges and universities have been able to educate increasing numbers of students from their home state, thanks to state programs such as the Student Choice Grant. The future with much more limited funding is cloudy.
In all "STEM" fields, Ohio's independent colleges are the more efficient sector in graduating their majors.
New adjusted figures from the U.S. Department of Education show continued growth in Ohio's independent colleges this past academic year - despite the many challenges our sector faces.
A recent, sudden decrease in freshman-to-sophomore retention at four-year campuses is accented by a precipitous fall in 2008 in the public sector.
Despite increased college enrollments around the nation, admissions officers surveyed by the Chronicle of Higher Education saw worrisome signs for the future, as the "yield" - the percentage of students admitted who enrolled - went down this fall.
Enrollment last fall at the public University System of Ohio campuses increased by about 11,000 students - not even half of the growth required to reach the governor's goal of 230,000 more students by 2016.
New data from the National Center for Education Statistics continues to show how Ohio's independent colleges have assumed a large share of the state's enrollment growth over the last two decades - and all of the growth in the four-year sector.
Ohio's independent colleges serve many different types of students, but but more than 2/3 are Ohio residents, or undergraduates, or attend full-time.
Final figures for fall show the 21st consecutive year of enrollment growth among Ohio's independent colleges. This fall's preliminary figures will be available in the middle of October - with final data next spring.
Ohio's independent colleges educate more than their share of one of the state's targeted groups: undergraduates age 30 and over.
Ohio's new strategic plan for higher education emphasizes attracting out-of-state students, with the hope that many will settle here after graduation. Ohio's independent colleges lead in this effort.
At Ohio's independent colleges, new undergraduates have a higher share of transfers and part-time students - nontraditional students - than those at the state's public four-year main campuses.
Ohio Undergraduates by Age Cohort
Ohio's independent colleges demonstrate their commitment to adult students each year, enrolling a disproportionate share of those over the age of 25.
Transfers In at Member Institutions by Sector
Of the more than 6,000 students who transferred into Ohio independent colleges and universities this past fall, more than 2/3 - 4,185 in all - came to complete their education from the state's community and technical colleges, or were attracted here from an out of state institution.
Enrollment Comparison: Public vs. Independent Institutions
A Major Share Of Ohio's Enrollment Growth.
Since the late 1980s, Ohio's independent colleges have contributed 1/3 of the state's increase in higher education enrollments, even though they enroll only 1/5 of the total students.
Source: Ohio Board of Regents Student Inventory Data, National Center for Education Statistics
Independent College Share of Ohio 4-year Undergraduates
v. Ohio Bachelor's Degrees, 2005-06
Ohio's independent colleges and universities are more productive in assisting minority populations to reach their educational goals.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
Independent College Share of 4-Year Undergraduates By Age, Fall 2005
Ohio's private nonprofit colleges and universities do more than their share of educating the state's adult learners.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
Family Income Distribution at Ohio 4-Year Colleges and Universities AY 2003-04
Economically speaking, the undergraduate student bodies of Ohio's public and independent colleges and universities are nearly identical.
Source: Family income survey of ACT and SAT takers enrolled in Ohio institutions, via Ohio Board of Regents