Drops in Hilo higher education enrollment

Drops in Hilo higher education enrollment

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The University of Hawaii's Hilo campus has the largest drop in enrollment across the system.

This fall is the second year of enrollment declines for the Hilo campus. As of Tuesday, Hilo saw a 2.9 percent drop, while the flagship Manoa campus had a 2.5 percent decrease. The system's new West Oahu campus saw enrollment increase by 12.7 percent.

Hilo's Hawaii Community College experienced enrollment declines for three years in a row. The college saw a 6.4 percent drop this year.

UH-Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney tells Hawaii Tribune-Herald campuses in Hawaii and across the country have a drop in enrollment as the economy improves and students opt to enter the job force.

He says the decrease means his campus will lose about a $1 million in anticipated revenue.

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