It’s a mystery why enrollment has taken a plunge this year at the College of Southern Nevada, but CSN administrators suspect the recession’s fingerprints are on it.
With the economic slump now in its third year in Nevada, they say, some would-be students may have simply given up.
“When the economy goes down, education goes up. When the recession hit, our numbers shot up. I think part of it now is just fatigue,” said Darren Divine, vice president of academic affairs at CSN.
But that’s a shame, administrators say, because the college’s 11.89 percent enrollment drop is happening at a time when some employers — who work with the institution to develop curriculum to train workers for positions in their companies — are hiring.