New York Community Colleges See Declining Enrollment
Community Colleges around New York State are evaluating their finances as enrollment continues to fall.
Officials at SUNY Broome and Herkimer Community Colleges, among others, have reported significant decline in enrollment and, therefore, revenue.
While the lower number of student entering community colleges appears to be consistent with local high school graduation rates, some officials have said that a decline in junior colleges may actually be a reflection, in part, of the success of a new program in New York State offering free tuition to state residents at full-term colleges like Binghamton University.
General economic conditions are also figured in by some officials
With fewer students, administration officials have said they may have to look into staffing level and programs offered to student who do opt to attend community college.
The State University of New York reports community college enrollment was down about 4% state-wide.
Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo said February 21 that he plans to ask the legislature to approve a pilot program to provide on-campus child care for up to 400 single-parent students attending community college in New York.
The proposed program would also provide access to tutoring and help in applying to four-year schools.