Enrollments continue to drop as economy improves

Spring enrollments at community colleges continue to slide, particularly among older and full-time students, according to new data from theNational Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Overall, enrollments at all postsecondary institutions in spring 2015 totaled just under 18.6 million, down 1.9 percent compared to spring 2014. However, enrollments at public four-year colleges increased 0.1 percent, while those at community college dipped 3.9 percent.

Of the nearly quarter of a million enrollments lost this spring at community colleges, students over the age of 24 account for three-quarters of the decline, according to the center.

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