Rebounding Economy Thought To Be Cause of Lower Community College Enrollment

By Jim McCoy Wed 16th April NewsenrollmentLane Community College
With an economic recovery underway, students are going into the workforce instead of Lane Community College classrooms, and enrollment has dropped by nearly a third. President Mary Spilde tells the Eugene Register-Guard (http://bit.ly/1ezmFO9) that means a budget shortfall, and it could get large enough to warrant layoffs of faculty and staff members. When the nation went into the Great Recession, enrollment surged 40 percent and peaked four years ago at 15,417. It's off by 30 percent from that. Higher education enrollment typically spikes during an economic downturn and then falls when times get better. Spilde says the cycle is tougher these days because the school's budget relies more heavily on tuition payments and less on state appropriations.

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