As college enrollment rates drop, four-year colleges need to be approached

US college enrollment rates have dropped by 3 million students over the past decade. Although the decline has been concentrated in community colleges, it will soon be coming to many institutions over the next four years.

Demographers predict a “registration cliff” beginning in 2025, when the traditional college-age population will begin to shrink for the foreseeable future.

If they don’t bring in more students, colleges will struggle financially, and some may close their doors. Some are already doing so. The result: Few Americans will have the skills needed to strengthen our democracy, advance our knowledge-based economy, and address the challenges of our time – from climate change to life-threatening disease to racial discrimination.

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