U.S. college and universities experienced for the second straight year a decline in enrollment.
College enrollment dropped 2.3 percent to 19.5 million, a decrease of 463,000, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report.
Higher percentage in enrollment declined in two-year colleges falling 9.6 percent to 5.27 million students, while four-year college enrollments rose 1.2 percent.
The decline in community colleges is somewhat obscure due to the current economic conditions. “There’s some research that associates hard times with growth in college enrollment,” Kurt Brahman said, chief of the Census Bureau’s Education and Social Stratification Branch in Suitland, Maryland.
According to David Baime, senior vice president for government relations at the American Association of Community Colleges in Washington, “Community colleges, which mainly offer two year degree programs, have seen a decrease in students since the recession began to abate. “ The decline occurred higher in the three-year period ending in 2013 compared to a 22% increase over the three years ending in 2010.
One possible amendment to my obscurity is the recession slowly being antiquated. Resulting in students feeling more fiscally confident to enroll at four-year colleges which are comparatively higher in tuition.
On the other hand, the antitheses assumption is that the economic recession is openly transparent and concentrated.
Great prosperity derives with optimism, albeit, a sense of the real facts, state of tangible economic sustainability is imperative; to set the stage for budgetary stability.
The recent drop will ignite more questions regarding revenue, due to community colleges’ contingency on tuition for overall operational valuation.