Concerns for HE stability as college enrolment declines

New concerns are being raised about the long-term outlook of higher education in the United States as enrolment numbers continue to decline and coronavirus relief funds run out, writes Jeremiah Poff for the Washington Examiner.

College enrolment declined by 4.1% in the spring 2022 term compared to spring 2021, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center semesterly report. The centre places the total decline of undergraduate students since the beginning of the pandemic in the spring of 2020 at 9.4%, a drop of 1.4 million students in the two-year span.

The enrolment decline has been widespread, with private and public colleges all affected to varying degrees and community colleges seeing the greatest decline. The lone outlier to the overall national trend is conservative religious colleges, many of which have seen record growth.
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