Monday, December 16, 2019

Enrollment Continues to Decline

DECEMBER 16, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1.  Enrollment Continues to Decline

Meredith Jensen for NPR

"This fall, there were nearly 250,000 fewer students enrolled in college than a year ago, according to new numbers out Monday from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which tracks college enrollment by student.
"That's a lot of students that we're losing," says Doug Shapiro, who leads the research center at the Clearinghouse.
And this year isn't the first time this has happened. Over the last eight years, college enrollment nationwide has fallen about 11%. Every sector — public state schools, community colleges, for-profits and private, liberal arts schools — has felt the decline, though it has been especially painful for small private colleges, where, in some cases, institutions have been forced to close.
"We're in a crisis right now, and it's a complicated one," says Angel PĂ©rez, who oversees enrollment at Trinity College, a small liberal-arts school in Hartford, Conn."

>> Situational Awareness: The biggest factor for the years of decline is the strong economy. The last time U.S. college enrollment went up was 2011, at the tail end of the recession. As the economy gets better, unemployment goes down — it's currently at 3.5 % — and more people leave college, or postpone it, and head to work.
>> What's Next: U.S. demographics are also shifting. The number of high school graduates is flat — and in some cases declining — because of lower birth rates about 20 years ago. Those numbers are also projected to decline, so the trend of fewer students coming from high school isn't going away anytime soon.

>> What They're Saying: "Decreasing demographics, a decreasing ability to pay, and an increasing lack of desire to pay from the people who can afford it." - Perez.

>> Of Note: Pine Manor (Mass.) College president Tom O'Reilly now makes regular recruiting trips to El Paso, Texas. "We're very intentional about who we're going to serve," says O'Reilly, who is specifically looking for students whose parents haven't gone to college. Texans now comprise 6% of Pine Manor's enrollment.

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2. And Then There Were Two
#5 North Central 45, #4 Muhlenberg 14
  • QB Broc Rutter threw five touchdown passes in the first half - four to WR Andrew Kamienski - as the Cardinals easily defeated the Mules. Kamienski pulled in 11 balls for 112 yards, while Rutter completed 16 of 25 passes for 193 yards. RB Ethan Greenfield carried 21 times for 199 yards against the third-ranked scoring defense in Division III. It's the first trip to the Stagg Bowl for a CCIW team since Augustana in 1986.
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#7 UW-Whitewater 35, #8 Saint John's 32
  • Wojciech Gasienica's fourth field goal of the day broke a 32-all tie with 2:10 remaining to lift the Warhawks past the Johnnies. UWW picked off QB Jackson Erdmann on SJU's first play to seal the victory. Max Meylor threw for 188 yards and a score while rushing for 85 more yards for the 'Hawks. Erdmann threw for 342 yards and a score for the Johnnies.
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photo by Rick Wood, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

3.  Best of the Decade

We continue our "Best of the Decade" series with a look at the champions, runners-up and top four finishers in wrestling.

Champions: Wartburg (7), Augsburg (3).

Runner-Up: Augsburg (4), Elmhurst, Loras, Messiah, UW-La Crosse, UW-Whitewater, Wartburg.

Top Four Finishes: Wartburg (9), Augsburg (7), UW-La Crosse (4), Coe (3), Ithaca (3), UW-Whitewater (3), Wabash (3), Johnson & Wales (2), Messiah (2), Elmhurst, Loras, Luther, Stevens.

Tomorrow: Lacrosse.


The weekend in hoops.
  • North Central handed Elmhurst its first loss of the season, 76-74. How close was the game? The lead changed hands 18 times and the margin was never bigger than five points during the final 10 minutes. Matt Cappelletti had a double-double with 18 points and 10 boards for NCC.
  • Hamilton rolled over No. 17 Nichols, 92-67. Kena Gilmour became the eighth Continental to reach the 1,600-point plateau.
  • Haverford is 8-1 for the first time since 1976-77 after a 68-62 win against Muhlenberg. Jesse Turkson had 24 points and 11 caroms.
  • Kenedy Schoonveld scored a time expired to lift the fourth-ranked Hope women past Albion, 45-43, handing the Britons their first loss of the season.
  • Laura Hamilton scored 16 points as Luther shocked No. 17 UW-Platteville, 61-57. It was just the Norse's third win eight starts.
On the ice ...
  • UW-Stevens Point knocked off the No. 1 UW-Eau Claire men on back-to-back nights, winning 4-2 and 3-0. Eli Billing made a career-best 36 saves for his first career shutout on Saturday.
  • Jarod Blackowiak scored an unassisted goal 1:55 into overtime to lift No. 5 Augsburg past Trine, 1-0. Daniil Gerasimov turned aside 24 shots for the shutout and had 66 stops on 67 shots during the weekend.
  • Cianna Weir made an incredible 85 saves to keep New England College in the game before falling to Suffolk, 2-0. It was the fourth-highest save total in Division III history.
And on the mat ... 
  • Loras 165 Eddie Smith topped Millikin's Bradan Birt, 5-2, in a showdown of top-10 wrestlers as the Duhawks defeated the Big Blue, 29-10. Smith entered the bout ranked fourth by the NWCA, while Birt was sixth.

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5. Weekend Review

Ice Hockey (M) - USCHO
  1. UW-Eau Claire (lost at UW-Stevens Point, 4-2; vs. UWSP, 3-0)
  2. Trinity 
  3. Geneseo 
  4. Norwich 
  5. Augsburg (d. Aurora, 3-1; d. Trine, 1-0)
  6. Salve Regina 
  7. Adrian 
  8. Hobart 
  9. U. of New England 
  10. Oswego 

Ice Hockey (W) - USCHO
  1. Plattsburgh 
  2. Middlebury 
  3. Norwich 
  4. Gustavus Adolphus (d. #7 UW-River Falls, 3-1)
  5. UW-Eau Claire (d. Concordia-Moorhead, 3-0 and 4-3)
  6. Adrian 
  7. UW-River Falls (lost at #4 Gustavus Adolphus, 3-1)
  8. Elmira 
  9. St. Thomas 
  10. Hamline 

Basketball (W)
  1. Tufts 
  2. Scranton 
  3. Bowdoin
  4. Hope (d. Albion, 45-43)
  5. Amherst 
  6. Mary Hardin-Baylor (d. Rhodes, 78-60)
  7. Wartburg (d. Nebraska Wesleyan, 108-68)
  8. DePauw (d. Chapman, 72-62)
  9. St. Thomas MN 
  10. George Fox 

Basketball (M) -
  1. Swarthmore
  2. Emory 
  3. Wittenberg (d. Bridgewater, 96-74; d. Eastern Mennonite, 80-59)
  4. Middlebury 
  5. St. Thomas MN 
  6. Nebraska Wesleyan (d. Wartburg, 85-69)
  7. Marietta 
  8. Randolph-Macon 
  9. Washington U.
  10. UW-Platteville (d. Bethel, 65-54)

Wrestling NWCA
  1. Wartburg (d. Cornell College, 43-2)
  2. Loras (d. #18 Millikin, 29-10)
  3. Augsburg (d. Southwest Minnesota State, 26-12)
  4. Wabash
  5. Johnson & Wales
  6. Mount Union (d. Adrian, 42-3, d. UW-Oshkosh, 29-6, d. Defiance, 36-10, d. #25 Olivet, 28-18)
  7. Baldwin Wallace (d. Defiance, 39-3, d. #25 Olivet, 21-13, d. Adrian, 30-12, d. UW-Oshkosh, 23-18)
  8. UW-La Crosse
  9. Coe
  10. North Central (d. Lakeland, 33-6) 
6.  Comings and Goings
7. 1  Thing: Joy in Newtown

Newtown's Ben Pinto (#42). Photo: Kassi Jackson/Hartford Courant via AP

Newtown, Conn., marked the seventh anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School with a moment of joy when the high school football team — with a shooting victim's brother as linebacker — won the state championship Saturday in a last-minute thrill, AP reports.
  • The Newtown High School Nighthawks won the Class LL state championship on a 36-yard touchdown pass as time expired, beating Darien 13-7.
  • Ben Pinto, whose brother Jack was among those killed in the shooting, played linebacker.
Color from Hartford Courant"Newtown supporters were largely clad in green apparel and face paint," Sandy Hook's school color.
  • "Even fans from Darien wore green."

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