Two years ago, there was some general concern about declining college enrollment. I posted about it. One one biggest reasons for the decline was the growing economy. I said then that there is an inverse relationship between economic strength and college enrollment.
The Trib has an article about how college enrollment is now increasing:
About 20.5 percent more Utahns enrolled as undergraduates in college during 2007 than in 2000, according to U.S. Census American Community Survey results released today. About 35 percent more enrolled in graduate and professional schools.Salt Lake Tribune, “College is becoming more of an attraction for Utahns,” 23 Sep 2008
Based on the age distribution curve projections from 2005 [pdf], we’re also on the upswing of the college-age population distribution. Given these two significant factors, the increased enrollment shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.