W.Va. college enrollment falls as economy rises

Monday, August 19, 2013

As the national economy recovers, enrollment in West Virginia's colleges is declining—but current enrollment levels in the state are still better than they were before the surge that came with the recession.

Total enrollment in the state's public institutions, including four-year universities and two-year community and technical colleges, decreased by nearly 3 percent from Spring 2012 to Spring 2013, according to state Higher Education Policy Commission data.

Those numbers mirror a nationwide report, released by National Student Clearinghouse, which shows the first significant decline in the college enrollment since the 1990s.

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