Today we learn of bad news for local institutions of learning which have benefited by way of social pressure that's quickly crumbling amid cruel economic reality. 

On the bright side . . .

Waiting tables, serving coffee and enduring all of the abuse of the service industry is hard enough without suffering guilt for not finding a better gig with that master's degree in communications degree.

Here's a peek at the data . . .

Four-year public university enrollment figures decreased by 4% between fall 2020 and fall 2021, from 137,464 students to 136,957, whereas two-year public college enrollment dropped by 8.6% during the same time, from 75,465 students, to 74,219 by 2021.

Aside from the fact Missouri’s high school population is declining - which Jessica Duren, assistant commissioner at the DHEWD, says resulted in fewer college applicants - the cost of college has risen 169% since the 1980s, but the average salary among young adults only rose 20%.

Read more via news link . . .

Data shows two-thirds of Missouri public universities, colleges saw sharp enrollment drops in 2021

University reps say fewer students choosing college after high school, entering workforce by: Brianna Lanham Posted: / Updated: KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development (DHEWD) released data last week showing enrollment at 67% of the state's public colleges and universities dropped this fall.