A change in demographics has produced a downward trend in enrollment since 2011. This according to Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Dr. Jann Joseph.
According to Joseph, the university saw a huge uptick in enrollment in 2011, particularly from adult students who were unemployed or underemployed during the great recession. But as those students found work or graduated, they were no longer being replaced due to the economic recovery.
“What’s happening is the adult students are not coming back to school because they have jobs,” she said. “It’s about weighing opportunity costs.”
Another source of students for IUSB, transfer students, saw a decline in the same time period, Joseph said.
Overall enrollment at IUSB has shifted to traditional undergraduate students.
The Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics saw an increase in enrollment. So did the College of Health Sciences.
The School of Education and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have seen the biggest decreases in enrollment.