Enrollment was down nearly 17% last fall to about 2,000 students — the sharpest decline of any public college or university in the state. The consequences of a continuing decline could include losing state funding, which faculty fear could mean job cuts. They also worry it may result in the closure of some smaller colleges.
“This truly is a game of inches,” said David Schecter, who became the college’s president in January. “One or two students at a time each day can really help us as a college.”