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||Comparing the 1994 Projections to Today's
The first level of questions about the status of the projections concerns examining
whether or not the projections match the short-term actual enrollments. This, of
course, is hazardous, for the projections may be close, but for the wrong reasons.
Table 2 compares actual undergraduate enrollments since 1994 with the CPEC baseline
projections. For each segment, the actual enrollment in the most current year is
very close and slightly higher than CPEC's 1994 baseline projections.
University of California
The most recent undergraduate enrollment level at UC is slightly higher (by only
0.4%) than the CPEC baseline projection. Over the four-year period, the average enrollment
was slightly lower (by -0.73%) than projected.
California State University
In the most recent year, CSU's actual undergraduate enrollments exceed those projected
by CPEC by over 7,000 students (2.7%). The average difference between actual and
projected undergraduate enrollments over the four years was 1.43%
California Community Colleges
The community colleges had the greatest year-to-year variation in enrollments. The
actual enrollments in the most current year, however, are quite close and slightly
higher (by 1.3%) than CPEC projected in 1994. For the community colleges, the average
difference between actual and projected enrollments over the four years was 0.91%.
The projections selected by the panel (CPEC baseline) in 1995 closely approximate
actual enrollments through 1997. They are closer than the other projections the panel
might have chosen. Actual enrollments increased at a pace slightly higher than originally
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