Performance Measure
Agency
Measure Name
Number of students enrolled in for-credit courses offered in Southern Virginia Higher Education Center-based post-secondary educational programs, including associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral level programs and career studies certificate programs.
Measure Last Modified
Feb 06 2015 09:49
Measure Last Published
May 30 2017 02:41
Measure Status
Active
Data Source and Calculation
The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) educational partners provide enrollment numbers to the SVHEC institutional effectiveness specialist. The measure is calculated by summing all students enrolled in for-credit courses provided at or through the SVHEC in the fall of each year. Fall enrollment in terms of headcount is the traditional measure of student access to higher education.
Enterprise Priorities and Strategies
Enterprise InitiativeEnterprise PriorityEnterprise Strategy
EducationHigher Education Access and AffordabilityContinue to strengthen Virginia’s system of community colleges and four-year institutions and promote greater access and affordability for all Virginians.
Associated Service Areas
SA CodeSA Name
Measure ID93719900.001.001
Measure ClassAgency Key
Measure TypeOutcome
Year TypeState FY
Preferred TrendIncrease
FrequencyAnnually
Statistical UnitStudent
Baseline and Targets
Target NameDateResultNote
Baseline
Short Target 201806/30/2018860
Long Target 202006/30/2020900
Measure Results
YearResultExplanatory Note
2005905.00NOTE: This is an annual measure; data for fiscal year quarters is not available. The enrollment numbers for each fiscal year represent the fall enrollment numbers (an Industry Standard).
2006875.00NOTE: This is an annual measure; data for fiscal year quarters is not available. The enrollment numbers for each fiscal year represent the fall enrollment numbers (an Industry Standard).
2007993.00NOTE: This is an annual measure; data for fiscal year quarters is not available. The enrollment numbers for each fiscal year represent the fall enrollment numbers (an Industry Standard).
20081,131.00NOTE: This is an annual measure; data for fiscal year quarters is not available. The enrollment numbers for each fiscal year represent the fall enrollment numbers (an Industry Standard).
20091,019.00NOTE: This is an annual measure; data for fiscal year quarters is not available. The enrollment numbers for each fiscal year represent the fall enrollment numbers (an Industry Standard).
20101,331.00NOTE: This is an annual measure; data for fiscal year quarters is not available. The enrollment numbers for each fiscal year represent the fall enrollment numbers (an Industry Standard).
20111,548.00NOTE: This is an annual measure; data for fiscal year quarters is not available. The enrollment numbers for each fiscal year represent the fall enrollment numbers (an Industry Standard). For-credit enrollments in SVHEC-based post-secondary educational programs increased by 16+ year-to-date from fall 2009 (FY2010) to fall 2010 (FY2011). Much of the demand was driven by the comparative value students perceive of pursuing a post-secondary education within their home community, as opposed to choosing an out-of-county residential program at a significantly higher cost. In surveys and focus groups, SVHEC students cite affordability and convenience in choosing to enroll at the SVHEC. In addition, the number of nursing education programs offered by SVHEC educational partners (and enrollments in those programs) has increased during the second year of the SVHEC Center of Nursing Excellence's operations.
20121,395.00Note: this is an annual measure; data for fiscal year quarters is not available. The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center's number of students enrolled in for-credit college courses is down year-to-date, but did exceed the biennium measure target value of 1222 for target date 6/30/12. Several factors have converged to end the rapid upward enrollment trend seen in the past 4 years: 1) changes to Pell grant regulations have reduced financial aid availability from 3 semesters to 2 semesters annually per individual; 2) Pell grant awards have a lifetime cap of 12 semesters per individual and many students appear to have reached that cap without completing a degree; and 3) lower unemployment rates suggest job opportunities have increased and are attracting students back to the workforce and away from higher education.
20131,194.00Note: this is an annual measure based on fall enrollment which is consistent with industry standards; data for fiscal year quarters is not available. The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center's number of students enrolled in for-credit college courses is down year-to-date. In the first significant decrease since the 1990’s, United States higher education enrollments fell this year by two percent, with community colleges among those institutions seeing the biggest declines. The decrease disproportionately impacts the SVHEC since more than 80 percent of its students are enrolled with community colleges. Causes of the enrollment decrease include 1) a drop in the college-age population and 2) the economic recovery, which appears to be attracting students back to the job market. Additional factors exerting pressure on enrollments include the recent changes to Pell grant regulations capping eligibility to 12 total semesters, and concerns about rising student debt which will likely rise as a result of the Jul. 1, 2013 increases in interest rates for most categories of federal student loans.
20141,091.00Note: this is an annual measure based on fall enrollment which is consistent with industry standards; data for fiscal year quarters is not available. The SVHEC did not meet its target for this key agency measure in FY2014 and the decrease in enrollments is reflective of both national and state enrollment trends, especially for community colleges (note: 80 percent of the SVHEC's students are enrolled with community colleges). The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) data shows a three percent decline for community colleges nationally in fall 2013. In Virginia, the largest decline in the two-year sector was at Southwest Virginia Community College, with a drop of 30 percent. The decrease in enrollment nationally of students over the age of 24 has been much higher than younger students for the past three years, reaching six percent in fall 2013; this is likely an artifact of the economic recovery as workers transition back into the labor force. The decrease has been about the same for full-time and part-time students. The Center is exploring partnerships with additional degree-granting institutions to provide their degree programs at the SVHEC. Program with flexible scheduling targeted to working adults are those most likely increase enrollments as the economy and job prospects improve.
2015990.00Note: This is an annual measure based on fall enrollment, which is industry standard; data for fiscal quarters is not available.The number of students (i.e. “unduplicated” headcount) enrolled in for-credit courses offered by educational partners at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in fall 2014 fell 9.3 percent year-to-date. This is the fourth consecutive year that the number of for-credit fall enrollments at the SVHEC has decreased, due in large part to the economic recovery and improved job market. During periods of economic decline and high unemployment such as the years 2008-2012, higher education enrollments tend to rise as displaced workers seek additional training and recent graduates defer entry into the job market. When the economy recovers and the job market improves, those individuals move out of education and back into the work place, resulting in enrollment declines. Data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show that since fall 2012, institutions of higher education have experienced a 3.6 percent decline in enrollments. However, the decline is much higher for two-year public institutions which have experienced a 10.4 percent drop over the same period. Since more that 85 percent of the SVHEC’s students are enrolled with one of two community colleges, SVHEC for-credit enrollments have been disproportionately impacted by enrollment declines. Current enrollments, now at pre-recession levels are projected to rise over the next two years based on the expectation that the Center’s education partners will offer more for-credit technical training programs at the SVHEC in response to regional employment demand, especially in information technology and healthcare.
2016862.00The number of students (“unduplicated” headcount) enrolled in for-credit courses offered by educational partners at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in fall 2015 fell 13 percent year-to-date. This is the fifth consecutive year that the number of for-credit fall enrollments at the SVHEC has decreased. The magnitude of the FY 2016 year-to-date decrease can be contributed to a couple of factors: 1) severe declines in enrollments among the SVHEC’s two community college partners, Southside Virginia Community College and Danville Community College, which are largely due to the continued economic recovery and improved job market; and 2) the decision by several of the SVHEC’s four-year partners to cease offering for-credit programs on the SVHEC campus and instead shift to a distance learning model in the region. During periods of economic decline and high unemployment such as the years 2008-2012, displaced workers sought additional training and recent graduates deferred entry into the job market add to normal enrollment levels. Higher education enrollments peaked in 2010 but individuals have been steadily moving back into the work place as the economy and job market both improve. The resulting declines in higher education enrollments have disproportionately impacted community colleges. Since more that 90 percent of the SVHEC’s students are enrolled with one of two community colleges, SVHEC for-credit enrollments have also been disproportionately impacted. Note: This is an annual measure reflecting fall enrollment which is consistent with the industry standard; data for fiscal quarters is not available.
2017
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