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Friday, April 17, 2015

School of Education sees dramatic enrollment decrease over years, trend seen across nation

"The School of Education at Oswego State experienced a 43 percent decline in enrollment between the fall semesters of 2010 and 2014, according to a report published by the school." according to Kyan Peffer (Staff Writer).
School of Education sees dramatic enrollment decrease over years,
trend seen across the nation. 

Photo: Oswegonian

According to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, 1,650 undergraduate students were enrolled in the school in 2010, as opposed to 953 in 2014. By contrast, SUNY Oswego’s undergraduate enrollment included 7,377 students in 2010, and 7,193 students in 2014.

The School of Education’s decline in enrollment is consistent with a nationwide trend of decline in completion of education programs. According to an annual report compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the number of four-year degrees granted from institutions of higher education rose consistently between 1970 and 2012 in every discipline except for education. The number of education degrees conferred peaked in 1970 to ‘71, but has since fallen.

By contrast, the total number of degrees granted between 1981 and 1985 rose from 935,140 to 987,823, a roughly 5.4 percent increase, and has since been consistently on the rise, according to the same NCES report. Bachelor’s degrees in the humanities, as well as social and behavioral sciences, were granted to more than double the number of students in those fields versus those in education. From 2011-2012, 295,221 humanities degrees were given out nationwide, as opposed to 105,785 education degrees granted in the same year.

Source: Oswegonian