Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Enrollment slumping at most N.M. universities - Daniel J. Chacón, The New Mexican

Declining enrollment is, in fact, endemic at New Mexico’s other higher education institutions, with a few exceptions. From 2012-16, five of the seven research and comprehensive universities and colleges in New Mexico have experienced shrinking enrollment, according to an analysis by The New Mexican. The decline over the five-year period ranges from 3.61 percent at Western New Mexico University in Silver City to nearly 40 percent at Northern New Mexico College in Española. Educators and others point to several factors behind the drop in enrollment, from falling revenues in New Mexico’s lottery scholarship program to a decline in the number of high school graduates. But most say the state of the economy is the root cause.

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