Eric Berg, vice president for enrollment management at The College of St. Scholastica, tells the Duluth News Tribune why enrollment is flat or down at some northeastern Minnesota colleges:
“There has been a longstanding belief that a recession is good for schools. When a recession hits, jobs go away, people go back to school. The reverse can also be said. When the economy starts to recover … the incentive to go to school to get a degree is lessened.”
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Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.