Colleges, things are up and down.Overall...

IN MARYLAND'S

December 07, 1992

IN MARYLAND'S colleges, things are up and down.

Overall, the number of students on Maryland's campuses changed little between last fall and this fall, but there is some shifting around among campuses.

In a tight economy, and with hefty tuition hikes at four-year campuses, community college enrollment was up 3.4 percent. For the second year in a row, the community colleges enrolled more students than the four-year public colleges, where enrollment dropped 1.7 percent.

Historically, community college enrollment goes up in a soft economy. The two-year schools offer lots of programs which are directly job-related. And tuition is a factor. Average tuition and fees at community colleges is $1,530, compared to $2,797 at four-year public colleges. (Tuition at the four-year schools has increased $810 in three years, compared to $510 for the community colleges.)

The largest single enrollment increase was at Baltimore City Community College, up a whopping 30 percent in one year. The Maryland Higher Education Commission staff, which compiled the enrollment numbers, attributes the jump to increased public confidence since the state took over the institution.

Also growing were all four of the state's historically black campuses, with the increase ranging from 2 percent at University of Maryland Eastern Shore to 10 percent at Bowie State University.

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