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Iowa Western Community College sees decline in enrollment

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Enrollment is dipping at Iowa Western Community College, driving down revenue and contributing to the college's recent decision to increase tuition by $11 a credit hour.

The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs reports that the decline follows a larger state and national trend of diminished community college enrollment. Iowa Western says it expects to see enrollment continue to fall for the next couple years based on state projections.

Don Kohler, a spokesman for the college, says administrators don't know the full reason for the declines because many factors are at play.

Among the possible reasons are falling high school enrollments throughout the area and competition from other four-year colleges. Students enrolled at the college are also taking fewer credit hours.

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Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, http://www.nonpareilonline.com

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