Arkansas sees continued drop in college enrollment

Arkansas sees continued drop in college enrollment
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Data released by Arkansas education officials show that the state's college enrollment continued to decline in the 2018-19 school year.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the state Department of Higher Education found that overall enrollment in Arkansas' colleges and universities dropped by 1.3 percent from the previous year. The report shows a 5.4 percent enrollment decline at state institutions over the past five years.

Department Director Maria Markham says Arkansas' low unemployment rates and improved economic conditions after the recession likely contributed to lower campus head counts. She says the observation is especially true for two-year colleges, which haven’t seen an enrollment increase since 2014.

The report says the University of Arkansas at Little Rock had an enrollment dip of nearly 10 percent.

Chancellor Andrew Rogerson cited high tuition costs and inconvenient class times.

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