COLLEGE and University ENROLLMENTS: FALL 2014-FALL 2016
The observations in this report are based upon data supplied by 97 programs divided below into 3 categories: described as Large, Mediium, and Small on the basis of 1st year enrollments.
The breakdown of programs on this basis resulted in identifying 34 large programs (40+ students in 1st year), 21 medium programs (20-30students in 1st year), and 42 small (19 or less).
Enrollments in 1st and 2nd year Russian over the past 3 years (2014, 2015, 2016) in these programs reflect the following trends:
STABLE PROGRAMS: LESS THAN 10% CHANGE
70 of the 97 FIRST -YEAR programs were categorized as STABLE: less than 10% change. This was true of 20 large programs, 18 medium programs, and 32 small programs.
80 of the 97 SECOND-YEAR programs qualified as STABLE: 25 large, 17 med, 39 small =80/97
INCREASED ENROLLMENT : + 10%
1st yr INCREASE: 4 large programs (Bloomsbg), 2 medium, 3 small =9/97
2nd yr INCREASE: 3 large programs, 1 medium, 2 small =6/97
GREATER THAN 10% DECREASE IN ENROLLMENT
1st yr DECREASE: 10 large programs (i.e, , Mich St, Wis, Pitt), 1 medium, 7 small =18/97
2nd yr DECREASE: 6 large programs (i.e., OH St, Minn), 2 med, 2 sm =10/97
(Special programs, one has no 2nd year, UT has 1st -2nd yr intensive in one year)
Considering these data, while 70% of the country's first- and 80% of the second- year programs continue to attract stable enrollments, a decreasing enrollment trend in our larger institutions and in 18 out of 42 of the smaller programs is certainly cause for concern. The census of fall 2017 programs now underway will be important in sensing whether or not this trend is real or temporary.
Prof. (Emeritus) John Schillinger
Committee on College and Pre-College Russian