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Enrollment: a Moving Target for Many Colleges

By Scott Carlson, Goldie Blumenstyk, and Andy Thomason

Earlier this year, people who worked at colleges would tell you that there was a palpable nervousness about this fall—a sense that amid an unsteady economy and questions in the popular press about the value of college, bringing in students was going to be tough.

A Chronicle survey of 436 small private colleges and comprehensive state institutions conducted last month offers a glimpse of what colleges might actually be facing in terms of enrollment and revenue. In the survey, conducted with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Council of Independent Colleges, nearly half of the respondents said that they missed either their enrollment or their net-tuition-revenue goals.