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  •  uhm (1+ / 0-)
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    The assumption is a continued rapid growth in enrollment to fill the buildings. I don't see it in the numbers. Most of the steady increase in enrollment the last 30 years has been from more women going to university. That trend has now seemingly peaked, with women in my area now making up 65% of undergrads.

    With costs skyrocketing you are also going to eventually see a decline in applications (this is happening in the UK already). Long term we are also seeing declining birth rates. Of course a big jump in immigration, or foreign students might help. An increase and improvement in the quality of online instruction may too impact student numbers on campus.

    The joke in my town (we have two good sized universities in a relatively small two) is that all the new student accommodation will, in 10 years or so, will have to be transformed into old aged housing.

    There's room at the top they're telling you still But first you must learn how to smile as you kill If you want to be like the folks on the hill

    by taonow on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 07:38:08 PM PST

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