Drop in enrollment at Kutztown University twice that of state system

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Almost 300 fewer students enrolled in Kutztown University in September compared to the previous year.

Since a 2010 peak, Kutztown's enrollment has dropped 12 percent. The enrollment decline at Kutztown is twice the average drop—6 percent—seen by the 13 other schools in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

All 14 state universities have been hard hit by funding cuts that usually mean more layoffs and program cuts.

Despite the drop in enrollment at Kutztown, there are no program cuts or layoffs contemplated for the coming school year, university spokesman Matt Santos said Monday.

Santos said program and job cuts made in 2010, when enrollment peaked at 10,707, and continuing over the past three years have eliminated the need for further cuts.

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