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NPR Education Reveals That U.S. College Enrollment Is Dropping – For The 6th Straight Year

The United States of America is home to unarguably the most fertile grounds for producing the world’s best and brightest academicians and other researchers. Higher education in the United States is widely considered the best in the world. Not only is the quality of the average school’s education higher than the rest of the world, as some of the world’s best schools reside in the United States. Further, those schools are found in abundance.

Most people who attend college in the United States are lifelong residents of the country. As such, they generally haven’t been exposed to the less-great or even dismal higher education environments of other countries around the world. In summary, these prospective college students don’t hop all over the chance to attend colleges in their home country like the color white on proverbial rice because of the opportunities that are close and readily-accessible to them. Rather, they attend college because everyone can receive financing for college through the FAFSA and parents, teachers, and mentors generally pressure kids into attending college.

Further, because enrollment in undergraduate degree programs throughout the United States has risen throughout the many past decades, the culture of feeling college degrees are necessary for success in life is strong in the United States.

Well, the rise of people attending college in the United States has generally increased for many years, though enrollment in programs offering undergraduate degrees has undeniably dropped for six years consecutively.

But why?

According to National Public Radio’s (NPR) Education team member Elissa Nadworny, the central two reasons explaining the gradual decline in college degree program enrollment is due to a combination of two factors: fewer people are being born in the United States, as most countries around the world, making it improbable for more people to enter the college degree market; and the job market is believed to be “stealing” more graduates than in past years.

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