Enrollment slips again at state universities

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Enrollment at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities appears that it is declining for the fourth straight year.

Preliminary reports show that enrollment is dropping 1.5 percent to below 111,000 students at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education schools. It peaked at just above 119,000 in 2010.

Chancellor Frank Brogan tells the Tribune-Review of Pittsburgh (http://bit.ly/ZiZSQo ) that some of the system's schools are growing, while enrollment losses at others are slowing.

The system raised tuition 3 percent in a bid to pare down a $30 million deficit. That's $99 a semester to $3,410 for full-time students who are Pennsylvania residents.

Brogan notes that Pennsylvania is graduating fewer high school students. He says the system is trying to expand its partnerships with community colleges and extend tuition discounts at schools with extra space.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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