ANNAPOLIS, Md. —For the eighth year in row, fewer students are enrolling in the nation's colleges and universities.
A report adds Maryland to that list. No one is surprised by the slight decrease taking place among the state's dozen or so colleges and universities. The state said it knows why the numbers are dropping and has a plan to deal with it.
The new figures come about three months into a new school year for Maryland colleges and universities. The numbers show 170,000 students are now receiving a higher education, which is 4,000 fewer than the same time a year ago.
Bob Caret, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, said the decrease was expected.
"The community colleges are significantly down because of the economy jobs are out there, unemployment is at a low and it just sort of fits together," Caret said.