Higher education: Enrollment remains strong, but constrained funding will limit expansion

The Community Colleges market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Steady demand for skilled professions such as nurses and electricians will stimulate enrollment
  • Tuition fees have increased over the past five years because of declining government funding
  • Federal tuition assistance to students will boost demand for education services

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Community Colleges industry decreased slightly over the past five years. As a result of slow economic recovery, government funding for universities fell, causing revenue to decrease as well. However, high demand for technical training and online education were able to positively impact the industry. In the five years to 2019, his industry is projected to return to growth due to renewed government education funding. While the recovering labor market will cause some individuals to forgo higher education, steady demand for skilled professions such as nurses and electricians will stimulate enrollment in technical and vocational courses...

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    Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The Community Colleges industry is heavily funded and regulated by federal and state governments, which makes it difficult for new institutions to enter the industry. Private institutions must obtain sufficient funding to compete against substantial government funding that public institutions receive. Furthermore, accreditation is a timely and costly process. Accreditation also provides assurance that an industry meets the level of quality acceptable by the US Department of Education.

    Reputation is essential, and therefore new schools may face some difficulties in attracting students. Schools need to have a solid reputation for quality of training provided and connections with possible employers, which may take some time to establish. Obt..

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    Additional Insights for the Community Colleges Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Community Colleges Industry are

  • Accessibility to students
  • Ability to attract local support
  • Ability to educate the wider community
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Government funding for universities and High school retention rate in the Community Colleges industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Community Colleges Industry?

    Community colleges are post-secondary educational institutions offering college transfer courses and programs (including the first two years of college instruction); vocational, technical and semiprofessional occupational programs; and general educational programs. Community colleges confer associate degrees, certificates or diplomas below the baccalaureate level. This industry includes public, private nonprofit and for-profit community colleges.

    Industry Products
    Liberal arts and sciences associate degrees
    Healthcare profession associate degrees
    Business management associate degrees
    Other associate degrees
    Certificate and non-degree programs
    Industry Activities
    Providing associate degree education
    Providing technical and vocational certificate education
    Preparing students for transfers to four-year colleges and universities
    Providing continuing and adult education

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Government funding for universities
  • High school retention rate
  • National unemployment rate
  • Poverty rate

  • Current Performance
  • State and local funding declines
  • Tuition and enrollment increases
  • Online growth
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Government assistance grows
  • Online education continues to grow
  • Demand for skilled professions grow
  • Table: Community Colleges Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Community Colleges Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Healthcare and Social Assistance
  • Colleges & Universities
  • For-Profit Universities

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Book Publishing
  • Book, Magazine & Newspaper Wholesaling
  • Computer & Packaged Software Wholesaling
  • Computer Manufacturing
  • Janitorial Services
  • Municipal Building Construction
  • Office Stationery Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Certificate and non-degree programs
  • Liberal arts and sciences associate degrees
  • Healthcare profession associate degrees
  • Business management associate degrees
  • Other associate degrees
  • Chart: Community Colleges Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Students aged 20 to 24
  • Students aged 18 to 19
  • Students aged 30 to 39
  • Students aged 25 to 29
  • Students aged 40 and over
  • Students under 18
  • Students with unknown ages
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Community Colleges Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesRent and utilitiesPurchasesMarketingDepreciationOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Community Colleges

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Community Colleges Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Community Colleges Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Community Colleges Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • High school retention rate (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    High School Retention Rate
  • The percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds no longer enrolled in high school with a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Online Education
  • A method of learning where student take courses off campus, such as via the internet.
  • Title Iv
  • A program authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act that is the major source of federal student aid. Programs include loans, grants and federal work study programs.
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