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posted May 23, 2016, 7:41 AM by PHS Warrior Beat   [ updated May 23, 2016, 7:42 AM ]
By: DeShonda Dennis

     In 2010, enrollment in college reached over 21 million students and since then college enrollment has dropped every year after.

     The year 2014 was the most recent year that government data was available to tell the number the number of students that attended colleges. There were 812,069 fewer students that were walking around college campuses. People believe the rate is dropping because the economy is getting better and instead of getting additional degrees, many people would rather work. The U.S Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell said, “Historically, as the economy improves and Americans get back to work, college enrollment declines.”

     What young high school graduates need to realize is that college graduates make close to double the salary of workers with only a high school diploma. Many high school graduates are focused on just making money but if they continue to get a better education, they can make more than what they expected. Last year President Obama said, “A college degree is the surest ticket to the middle class.” There are now 800,000 fewer Americans on that college path to the middle class.

     Community colleges and for-profit universities are the two largest colleges with a high decline rate in college enrollments. Dr. Cecilia Cunningham said, “I happen to think it’s a very white, middle class value that you’re going to learn so much if you go away to college and live on campus.” There are 466,520 fewer students at for-profit colleges and 820,298 fewer students at community colleges.

     One of the main reasons high school graduates do not attend college is because of the cost. Colleges are very expensive especially without a scholarship. President Obama proposed to make community colleges free for the first 2 years. Making the first 2 years free allows for a better education and better jobs for many Americans.
Edited By: O.S. 05/23/2016