Backlund Presents ‘Enrollment Trends and Troubles’


Lee Ann Backlund will present “Enrollment Trends and Troubles” at the Monday, Oct. 7 gathering of the Academy for Lifelong Learning.

College enrollment in the U.S. has decreased for the eighth consecutive year, according to new data released in May by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. This is due in large part to an ongoing decline in the number of students graduating from high school. Most private colleges, even those with significant endowments, are highly dependent on tuition revenue. When enrollments decline, colleges face tough choices including whether to reduce some academic programs, to limit financial aid, and, in the extreme, whether to merge with another institution or to cease to exist. This has created a difficult, competitive environment for colleges.

Backlund is the Vice President for Enrollment Planning and the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at the University of the South. Her career spans 38 years in education including six years at Agnes Scott College where she served as the director of admission and associate vice president for enrollment and dean of admission. In addition, she spent three years as the director of college counseling at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, S.C. Backlund is currently chair of the Common App Board of Advisors and is a past-president of the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling.

The Academy, part of the Sewanee Seminars Series, meets from noon to 1 p.m. in Lower Cravens Hall at 439 Kentucky Ave., Sewanee. The cost for a single session is $3 and an annual membership is available for $20. Coffee, water and cookies are available, and attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch.

There is ample parking in the parking lot adjacent to Cravens. Sewanee parking regulations require that the vehicle’s rear bumper be visible from the parking lot aisles, so attendees are advised to avoid backing into a space or pulling through.

For all questions contact John Hille at (814) 599-5768.