Purdue’s success is not the result of any big secret. It’s all about the price.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Overall university enrollment is declining, but Purdue is skyrocketing. Here’s why

New numbers from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show that university enrollment has continued to decline for the sixth straight year. Community colleges and for-profit institutions have taken the biggest hit, losing 97,000 students and 69,000 students (on average) respectively.

Though numerous explanations exist, a survey by the National Association of College and University Business Officers finds that price sensitivity and competition play a major role. Students considering enrolling in higher education are balking at the persistently increasing costs and look toward nontraditional programs such as coding boot camps and specialized degrees…

Though colleges and universities can identify what is causing the decrease in enrollment, only some are actively innovating to attract the 21st century student.

Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has pledged that his tenure at Purdue University will bring new efficiency to the stultifying higher education sector — he has frozen tuition through 2019 (one of the only schools in the nation to do so), and has created a new plan to help students earn a bachelor’s degree in three years. Daniels is also tapping into the burgeoning online education sector through a partnership with Kaplan.

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