Back to school in hard times

August 12, 2008
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Colleges and universities tend to see enrollment boom when the economy goes south, and this down cycle appears to be little different.

Indiana University, Ivy Tech Community College and the University of Indianapolis all have announced in recent weeks that enrollments are high or at record levels.

When good jobs become scarce, people figure theyâ??d better improve their education.

What about you? Are you headed back to school?
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  • People need to remember that a college degree was typically only achieved by those in the upper and upper middleclass up until about the mid-20th century. Before that most people got maybe a highschool education and worked in a local business and worked their way up. People going to college as much as they are today has a lot to do with the avaliable bucks to send all the people to school. The problem is, it doesn't matter if you have been to college or not, in economic hardtimes your hurting either way. Your going to have a lot of people reconsider higher education. I hear more people talking about community colleges rather than places like Purdue or IU mostly due to the distance and costs and some people just thinking about not going to college at all.

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