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University of Akron enrollment drops 7 percent, as predicted

September 12, 2018

University of Akron enrollment drops 7 percent, as predicted

AKRON, Ohio -- The University of Akron’s enrollment dropped 7 percent this year, according to university numbers.

In a press release Wednesday, UA officials said they anticipated the drop and accounted for it in the year’sbudget. 

Enrollment is recorded this fall at 20,554. Last year, total enrollment was at 22,104. 

The decrease was attributed to three factors: new admissions standards, continued fallout from a significant drop in freshman in 2016 and a decrease in out-of-state and international students, particularly international grad students. 

In 2016, enrollment dropped by about 8 percent after turmoil at the university. Faculty took a vote of no confidence in President Scott Scarborough that year after extensive cuts that led to layoffs. 

Scarborough stepped down in May 2016.

In June, UA announced officials expect a $16 million deficit for next year, budgeting in the 7 percent decline in enrollment. The university also will undergo a 5 percent operating fund decrease across departments, though it’s not clear how that will be accomplished.

UA is phasing out about 20 percent of its degrees and degree tracks over the next few years. Trustees approved the cuts, the result of an extensive review that officials say was not a result of the university’s fiscal issues.

Facing the decrease in enrollment and projected deficit is interim president John Green, selected in April.

Read more about those cuts here.

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