College Enrollments Decline

National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports* college enrollment declined for the eighth consecutive year.  Data set includes enrollments at 97 percent of degree-granting postsecondary institutions that are eligible to receive federal financial aid.


-Overall decline this spring compared to last year was 1.7 percent (300,000 students)

-Community colleges continued their enrollment slide with a 3.4 percent decline

-Four-year publics declined was just shy of 1 percent

-Four-year privates actually increased 3.2 percent however, most of this increase was due to the conversion of large for-profits to nonprofit status e.g. Grand Canyon University.

States with the largest decrease in student enrollment numbers were Florida, California, Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

*Full report can be accessed at;

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Jim Gathard is the owner and principal of National Consulting Services, LLC a New York based consulting firm providing advisory in strategic planning, risk management, and organization management to financial services and higher education organizations Mr. Gathard has expertise and senior executive experience in private sector financial services, legislative and government relations, and higher education management. He has held senior business executive positions at JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America. Prior to his private sector experience Mr. Gathard has nearly twenty years in higher education administration as Deputy Provost/Executive Vice President, Vice President for Student Services and Compliance, Dean of Enrollment Management and Director of Student Financial Services. National Consulting Services, LLC clients include a broad spectrum of publically traded and private financial services firms and not for profit and for-profit organizations including colleges and universities. In the higher education space Mr. Gathard’s primary focus is the student segment including the student financial services, access and enrollment, institutional compliance and; financial literacy and debt management. Mr. Gathard serves on and is advisor to numerous industry and community related boards. Mr. Gathard has been a NYSFAAA member for more than 30 years.

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