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Slowing Enrollment In Kansas Schools Shows Economic Recovery

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The number of students who enrolled in the Kansas higher education system dropped slightly in 2014, especially among older, non-traditional students which officials say indicates economic recovery.

The overall enrollment at Kansas public institutions, including community colleges and technical schools, fell 2.5 percent from the 2012-2013 academic year to the following one.

The Kansas Board of Regents met last week to discuss enrollment at the state's schools.

Officials say that a decline in enrollment by older students indicates that adults are moving back into the workforce.

The board also reported that about one-fourth of students who received bachelor's degrees from Kansas institutions in 2014 had attended three or more institutions on their way to that degree.

About a third of graduates attended just one institution.