Name change doesn't help Mount Washington College
Mount Washington campuses in Portsmouth and Concord will be shut down by the end of the year, according to Kaplan spokesperson Steven White, resulting in the loss of about 45 jobs across all five campuses and the dislocation of about 380 students enrolled in the Seacoast and state capital locations.
White said the closures were made necessary by declining enrollment at the college, which is best known for its business education programs. In the past year, the five-campus operation has seen a drop in the student population of about 20 percent, from 1,850 to 1,450, White said.
The New York Times reported on July 25 that enrollment at post-secondary institutions nationwide is declining after years of growth."College enrollment fell 2 percent in 2012-13, the first significant decline since the 1990s, but nearly all of that drop hit for-profit and community colleges," the newspaper reported. "The college-age population is dropping after more than a decade of sharp growth, and many adults who opted out of a forbidding job market and went back to school during the recession have been drawn back to work by the economic recovery."
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