State universities see first enrollment decline in 20 years

W020111107664235467280AROUND MISSISSIPPI — More than 80,000 students are working toward building a successful career and brighter future by pursuing a college degree.

However, across Mississippi’s eight public universities, preliminary fall 2013 enrollment figures show a decrease of 490 students from fall 2012 numbers. This is the first time in 20 years that overall enrollment has shown a decrease.

“While the decrease system-wide is small,” said Dr. Hank M. Bounds, Commissioner of Higher Education, “it does demonstrate that the changes in the Pell Grant program are having an impact on the decisions students are making.”

Preliminary enrollment figures are unduplicated and count students one time if enrolled on more than one campus.

Unduplicated Headcount

Fall 2012

Fall 2013

Number Change

Percent Change

Actual figures

Preliminary figures

Alcorn State University

3,950

3,927

-23

-0.6%

Delta State University

4,763

4,785

22

0.5%

Jackson State University

8,819

9,134

315

3.6%

Mississippi State University

20,365

20,161

-204

-1.0%

Mississippi University for Women

2,650

2,635

-15

-0.6%

Mississippi Valley State University

2,479

2,279

-200

-8.1%

University of Mississippi
University of Mississippi
University of Mississippi Medical Center

21,528
18,794
2,734

22,286
19,426
2,860

758
632
126

3.5%
3.4%
4.6%

University of Southern Mississippi

16,468

15,325

-1,143

-6.9%

System Total

81,022

80,532

-490

-0.6%

“The enrollment figures statewide are similar to the number of students enrolled in 2011,” said Bounds. “The decrease in enrollment numbers at our Delta institutions reflects the population decline in the Delta region. The increase in enrollment at Delta State reflects the increase in the Teach for America program.”

[RSS Feed] [del.icio.us]



To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.

POST A COMMENT

 

Top Posts & Pages