Prioritizing critical success factors for higher education. A cost perspective for undergraduate students at private universities in North Carolina
Providing access to higher education opportunities that enable students to develop knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their professional goals, improve the productivity of their organizations and provide leadership and service to their communities, are goals for consistent with for-profit universities. Industry demand for higher education graduates increases the cost of private colleges and universities. According to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2010-2013, there is a student enrollment decline in private colleges and universities in many states in the US.
This applied quantitative research study examines how tuition affects enrollment for North Carolina private colleges and universities. The correlation between student enrollment change and tuition change from 2010 to 2013 is tested. The research also aggregates the North Carolina private universities in three categories based on correlation coefficient and coefficient of determination of tuition and enrollment.
The research finds no correlation between tuition and enrollment for North Carolina private colleges and universities during the period 2010-2013. The research suggests future research on instructional approaches, and programs offered at North Carolina private colleges and universities as critical success factors for higher education.
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