R.I.’s public colleges facing declines in enrollment
Enrollments at all three of Rhode Island’s public colleges are declining, including at the Community College of Rhode Island, which has reported an upsurge in the number of recent high school graduates enrolling under a free tuition program.
The New England Board of Higher Education reported Wednesday that the majority of New England’s public colleges have seen a drop in enrollment from fall 2017 to fall 2018. The number of high school graduates in the region is declining significantly. Enrollments are expected to drop by 14 percent overall between 2017 and 2032.