Author: Emma Camp

Emma Camp is an Assistant Editor at Reason. Her work has previously appeared in The New York Times, RealClear Policy, and Persuasion.

According to NBC News, there are 4 million fewer students enrolled in college than there were 10 years ago, and there has been a 7 percent drop in college attendance from 2016 to 2020. “With the exception of wartime, the United States has never been through a period of declining educational attainment like this,” Michael Hicks, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University’s business school, told The Hechinger Report, an education nonprofit. What caused this unprecedented drop? The COVID-19 pandemic played a clear role, and so does the robust labor market, which offers enticing jobs for…

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