Data to Inform the Conversation
Humboldt County Population Report
Jon Haveman, Marin Economic Consulting
This report projects very slow growth in Humboldt County through about 2025. A low birth rate in the county accounts for a shrinking number of students in the 0-16 age group. This leads to the somewhat shrinking graduate class sizes seen below. Population growth is due to a growth in ages 65 and over, as well as growth in the Hispanic community. The percentage of the population is expected to become increasingly less Caucasian through 2060.
Humboldt Economic Index
Erick Eschker, Economics Departments at Humboldt State University
June 2015 http://www2.humboldt.edu/econindex/current.pdf
This report shows a strong economic index for Humboldt County in June 2015, especially compared to the two years that followed. This has likely negatively impacted enrollments at the college as fewer students historically attend community college when the economy does better.
FTES Trends -- California Community Colleges
Most Northern Colleges saw peak enrollments in 2009-2010. All of these Northern Colleges, except Lake Tahoe, have experienced declining enrollments since then through 2014-2015. The map depicts the Northern Schools included in this summary, which go as far south as Solano.
Small (< 6,000 FTES) Northern California Colleges
Three schools with steady FTES decline experienced an increase from 2012-13 to 2013-14 (Napa, Yuba, Woodland). Lake Tahoe also increased from 12-13 to 13-14. Redwoods, Folsom Lake, Siskiyous, and Feather River declined from 2012-13 to 2013-14, and Mendocino remained stable.
Larger (>6,000 FTES) Northern California Colleges
CSU transfers by Program
This dataset shows that the bulk of students transferring to a CSU from CR go to Humboldt State University. The most popular areas of transfer include:
Business Administration, Psychology, Liberal Studies, Biology, and Social Work
Besides HSU, CR students most frequently transfer to Chico State, Sacramento State, and Sonoma State.
Distribution of offerings by Type
College of the Redwoods offers transfer, vocational, and basic skills courses in similar proportion relative to each other as is offered across the state. The main difference appears to be a continual decline of transfer courses at CR compared to increasing transfer offerings state-wide in the past two years.
FTES from Non-Credit
College of the Redwoods has offered increasingly more non-credit courses in the past few years, but still lags behind state offerings.
Distance Education FTES
While CR's total FTES has declined more than the state,distance education matches the state in that it has been fairly constant.
Communication & Outreach Preferences: Student Survey Results
The media preferences survey provides information about how CR students want to receive information, and the best strategy for recruiting CR students.
Labor Market Data
Plan for Del Norte Food Forest