SCHEV Upgrades Enrollment Projections for Colleges

Posted: July 21, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

The number of high school graduates expected to be knocking on the doors of Virginia’s colleges and universities between now and 2010 will exceed 60,000, according to a new report released last week by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

This total is nearly 18 percent, or approximately 22,000 students, higher than what SCHEV projected two years ago in a similar report distributed throughout the commonwealth. Of the 60,000 upcoming high school graduates, SCHEV anticipates approximately 20,000 will seek admission at the public four-year institutions in Virginia and the remaining 31,000 will apply for admission at one of the community colleges.

“We’ve studied this issue enough,” President Alan Merten says. “We need the General Assembly and the governor to say what we’re going to do about it.”

“These institutions cannot realistically accommodate the additional projected growth without additional operating funds,” says Phyllis Palmiero, executive director of SCHEV.

According to this new report, Virginia’s state colleges and universities are underfunded by more than $350 million per year. George Mason has been forced to curtail its own growth plans due to state budget cuts.

For a full copy of the report, visit the SCHEV web site.

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