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Bottom-Ranked Colleges Falling Behind Top Counterparts

An analysis of the colleges listed in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranking reveals an alarming shift in higher education. According to the analysis, colleges closer to the bottom of the list were more likely to have lower enrollment numbers. In addition, those same colleges are having trouble keeping up with the schools near the higher end of the list. The trend leads one expert to predict that in the next five years, employers won’t value a degree from one of the poorest-ranked colleges as much as a degree from a top school. More on this analysis is available on The Wall Street Journal website.

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Overall College Enrollment Dropping

After a six-year rise, colleges overall are experiencing their second consecutive year of decreased student enrollments. Although traditional universities experienced slight increases last year, at for-profit colleges like University of Phoenix and Strayer University had the largest enrollment drops. A major factor many contribute to the decrease is an improving economy. With more job openings that don’t require a four-year degree, some high school graduates are taking jobs in construction or manufacturing, or attending technical schools. For the full story, click here .

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