ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – College campuses across New Mexico have had the sharpest decline in enrollment compared to other states in the past year, according to a new study.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, a nonprofit focused on research and education policy, has ranked New Mexico with the largest enrollment drop nationwide.
The report says registration at colleges and universities plummeted more than 8 percent between spring 2014 and this past spring.
Higher education enrollment in the U.S. in that same time period only dropped by 1.9 percent.
In all, New Mexico saw at least 10,000 fewer new students.
Some university and college administrators say more graduates are choosing to get jobs or move out of New Mexico.