Friday, December 23, 2016

Colleges face a new reality, as the number of high school graduates will decline - MIKHAIL ZINSHTEYN, Hechinger Report

These are some eye popping numbers for publicuniversities Though the country’s number of high school graduates grew by 30 percent between 1995 and 2013, to 3.47 million students, by next year colleges will see a high school graduating cohort that is smaller by 81,000 students – a dip of 2.3 percent. After a few years of some growth, the report projects that from 2027 to 2032 the annual graduation totals will each be smaller by 150,000 to 220,000 people than the ones the nation had in 2013. Fueling the decline will be decreases in the overall student population and growth among specific student groups. An increase in low-income and minority-group students will challenge colleges to serve them better.

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