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University System of Md. expects enrollment dip

Friday - 3/28/2014, 9:10am  ET

BALTIMORE (AP) -- University System of Maryland officials expect an enrollment dip at the system's 11 schools this fall for the first time since the 1990s.

The Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/1jdLcrv ) that the forecasts outlined at a Board of Regents committee meeting Thursday are attributed to a drop in high school graduates and other trends.

About 153,300 students were enrolled system-wide in fall 2013. By 2014, system-wide enrollment is expected to decrease by 1 percent, or about 1,560 students. But the dip is expected to be short-lived, with an 11.8 percent increase projected system-wide by 2023.

The biggest decline -- 6.5 percent -- is expected at the University of Maryland University College, which offers online programs. Increased competition is already hurting UMUC, with 6.1 percent fewer students enrolled in 2013 than in 2012.

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Information from: The Daily Record of Baltimore, http://www.mddailyrecord.com


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