Florida: State college enrollment continues to fall

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Florida's state college system enrolls 13.5% fewer full-time equivalent students today than it did in the 2010-2011 academic year, according to a new report.

However, the report also shows that enrollment has stabilized in recent years—estimating that today's enrollment is just 1% lower than last year's.

Chancellor Madeline Pumariega attributes the decline to the economic rebound, pointing to the fact that a greater proportion of students now attend part-time than they did in the past. "Why are they enrolled part time? Because they are working," she says.

Pumariega also says more students are seeking advanced technical training or professional certificates that will help them pursue higher-paying jobs (Dunkelberger, News Service of Florida/News4Jax, 12/8).

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