American higher education enrollment declines again
The number of students enrolled in American colleges and universities declined this spring. Recent data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC) depicts a gradually changing student body, with serious implications for post-secondary education.
In spring 2015 American campuses taught 18,592,605 people. That’s a drop of 1.9% compared to spring 2014, which saw 18,948,521 students. And a further from of 2.3% compared to 2013, which enrolled 19,105,651.
That decline is very unevenly distributed. Community colleges and for-profits saw the biggest hits, while private baccalaureates went down a slight amount and public four-years actually rose by a hair:
There are some other interesting details about this report:
- Adult learners were much more likely to avoid college than traditional-age students. For example, those “24 and Under” went down by 0.8% overall, while their seniors dropped by…
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