Enrollments Slipped This Fall, With For-Profit Sector Hit Hardest
"Enrollments at American colleges slid slightly this fall as institutions faced a shrinking pool of high-school graduates at the same time that a slowly expanding economy was luring older students back to work, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reported on Thursday," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. "Over all, enrollment dropped 1.5 percent in the fall of 2013, compared to the previous fall, after slipping 1.8 percent last year. Four-year, for-profit colleges registered the largest decreases, with enrollments dropping 9.7 percent this fall after declines of 7.2 percent and 3.8 percent the previous two years. ... The report breaks down enrollment patterns by sector, region, and student characteristics like gender, age group, and part-time versus full-time status. It covers 96 percent of the enrollment at degree-granting institutions that receive federal student aid. Enrollments at two-year public colleges slipped 3.1 percent. They inched up by 1.3 percent at four-year private nonprofit colleges, and by 0.3 percent at four-year public institutions. By age group, fall enrollments dropped 3.4 percent for students older than 24, compared to a 0.4-percent decrease for students 24 and under. ... Two-year public colleges saw a 6-percent decrease in students older than 24, compared to a 1.2-percent drop for those 24 and under."
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