Enrollment drops at local universities
By 2026, enrollment at state universities could have a 15 percent decline. Staff with universities within the area reported that they had seen a drop in the number of students at their campuses that is in line with that forecast.
Nathan Grawe, an economics professor at Carleton College, recently testified before the state legislature on the matter. Grawe attributed the drop to a decline in birthrates that began in 2008.
“That means that we can foresee fewer college-aged young people beginning in the mid-2020s,” Grawe said. “And if college attendance rates remain unchanged, we can anticipated fewer college enrollment.”