By Tyler Durden
Authored by Keli’i Akina via TheHill.com,
For decades, teachers and parents around the country have been repeating the same message to children: “To have a bright future, you need to go to college.”
But now, in Hawaii at least, it’s starting to look like the younger generation isn’t buying it.
Across the state, University of Hawaii college enrollment has plummeted by 15 percent in just six years, from a high of 60,300 students in 2012 to 51,300 as of 2017.
Trying to explain this decline, university President David Lassner pointed to the fact that college enrollment has been declining around the country. Some have blamed demographics, citing the decline in birthrates. Others blame economic factors such as an improving economy, which may entice high school graduates into the workforce instead.
In response, the state is attempting to bolster enrollment by (what else?) throwing money at the problem. There are proposals to increase education spending across the board, but in particular the state legislature during its past session approved the “Hawai’i Promise” scholarship program, an initiative approved by Gov. David Ige that will …read more