At first glance, the interactive data that CUNY put out about five-year fall enrollment trends in its senior colleges seemed unassuming. Most of the year-to-year changes were minimal, indicating that there wasn’t that much of an overall change. However, as I was sifting through the data I noticed that there was no column giving the percent change in enrollment from 2010 to 2014. So, I crunched some numbers on my own and came up with the “5-Year Percent Change (2010-2014)” portion of the graph below. In my opinion, that graph is the most important because it shows what otherwise would have been hidden in a pool of year-to-year data, which is that there have been significant changes in enrollment in some schools from 2010 to 2014.
Most notably, the School of Professional Studies saw a 41 percent increase since 2010, and the School of Law had a 26 percent decrease in fall enrollment over the same time period. The Graduate School of Journalism had a 10 percent increase, and New York City College of Technology had a 13 percent increase in fall enrollment. The Graduate School and Queens College were the only other two colleges with significant decreases at 7 percent and 8 percent, respectively.
While the numbers don’t offer any explanation for the trends, it is interesting to see how enrollment trends have changed over the years, particularly after the recession.