Saturday, May 18, 2013

Why the Decline in College Enrollment May Be Good News

For those of us in academia, especially those of us who teach at small private schools that are tuition-driven, the recent decline in college enrollment hurts.  Programs are cut.  Hiring freezes continue.  Staff members are let go.  Some colleges may need to close their doors.

But according to Jordan Weissman, the 2.3 percent drop in enrollment from 2012 to 2013 is actually a good thing.  First, it is a sign that the economy if getting stronger.  Second, it may force colleges to improve their dropout rates.  Third, many academics do want some colleges to shrink, especially for-profit institutions.

Read Weissman post at The Atlantic here.  What do you think?