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Enrollment has become the main focus of attention for

higher education administrators. For private institutions

enrollment is the major source of their funding. And due

to diminished support from states, it has also become

the major source of financial support for most public

colleges and universities. This dependence on tuition

wasn’t always so great for public institutions, but is the

result of a process that has been called the privatization

of public higher education.

Two reports that got little attention when published

recently were the Western Interstate Commission on

Higher Education, known as Wiche. This group released

its new projections of high-school graduates in all 50

states through 2031-32. After years of increases in the

overall number of graduates, the commission’s report

says, "the U.S. is headed into a period of stagnation," in

which colleges can no longer rely on growth.


This work was originally published in The Edwardsville Intelligencer.



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