The Columbia and Kansas City campuses of the University of Missouri again will be awash in freshmen this fall.
But it may be a high tide.
In eight years, if a recent national report is correct, the number of high school graduates in Missouri will fall by 5 percent.
An aging population, coupled with a decline in high school graduates entering college and the workforce, is a matter for national concern, experts say.
Seeing the writing on the marker board, some area educators are looking past the freshman glut and trying to entice other sources of college fodder, including former dropouts.