Enrollment ‘headwinds’ coming for local colleges

SOUNDING THE ALARM: Daniel Egan, president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island, says local schools need to be “aggressive in managing the decline in the number of high school graduates in the coming years.” / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
SOUNDING THE ALARM: Daniel Egan, president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island, says local schools need to be “aggressive in managing the decline in the number of high school graduates in the coming years.” / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Colleges and universities in Rhode Island will need to find creative ways to draw in promising students in the face of a steep enrollment decline that could become a cliff after 2025. That’s the assessment of Daniel Egan, president of the ­­Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island, after analyzing a report on…

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  1. Strange focus and lack of depth to this article. The enrollment pool decline is particularly threatening to private colleges and each RI private institution faces the problem in its own way given a school’s strengths and weaknesses, yet this article provides no details on that aspect, but has more focus on RI’s public schools, primarily RIC and the RI Community College.

  2. Private colleges are probably not so worried about the decline in student population as they tend to have a much larger pool of students from which to recruit, like the entire planet for example. I don’t think Brown is so concerned with the local drop when the vast majority of their student body doesn’t come from Rhode Island.