Friday, May 15, 2015

U.S. College Enrollment Has Dropped Nearly 2% Over Past Year - DOUGLAS BELKIN, Inside Higher Ed

The number of students at U.S. colleges and universities fell nearly 2% between May 2014 and this month, continuing a four-year slide, according to a report to be released Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. As of this month, 18.6 million students were enrolled, down about 1 million students from the peak in 2011. Enrollment spiked during the recession when more adults went back to school to retrain. As the labor market has improved, many have returned to work. The drop was steepest at four-year for-profit colleges and two-year public colleges, which saw decreases of 4.9% and 3.9%, respectively. Both sectors skew toward older students.

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