Gov. Chris Sununu is introducing a new task force to study how the state can respond to a steady drop in enrollment at local colleges. According to the University System of New Hampshire annual board report released last month, full-time student enrollment declined more than 13% for all public institutions from 2019 to 2023. Nationwide, enrollments declined 8% between 2019 and 2023. The governor warned further enrollment declines are expected in 2025 due to declining birth rates, combined with rising costs of college education and competition from private online universities. "The Executive Order I signed today ensures we're taking a proactive approach in the Granite State to ensure our community college and university systems remain robust drivers for the state's workforce and culture," Sununu said in a statement.