Edinboro enrollment down, deficit larger than expect

EDINBORO, Pa. -- Edinboro University is facing a drop in enrollment and a larger than expected deficit, school officials said during a town hall meeting Thursday morning.

The findings, which were released by Edinboro University, are only the first phase in the effort to develop a strategy for growth that was initiated last July. 

During a town hall meeting, Edinboro president H. Fred Walker released the results of three working groups that outlined data related to the university's finances, enrollment and academic programs.

The results show Edinboro's enrollment declined 17.3 percent between 2012 and 2016, a 28 percent decline over the last five years.

The 15-member working groups also found the university faces a projected deficit of $6.2 million in the current fiscal year, up from a projection of $3.6 million.

Walker said the university has already taken action to raise admission standards beginning with the fall of 2017 incoming class and he said every step, change and phase will be made available to the public.

"As we go forward from here, we are going to continue to expand the input from our constituent groups that's what we've got to do,” he said. “We've got to get more people involved -- not less.”

Next, the working groups will create an analysis of the university's strengths and opportunities and the challenges facing Edinboro and higher education across the nation.  
 
They have three weeks and results will be shared at a town hall meeting on March 22. 


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