Declining Interest in Four-Year Degrees in Utah

December 21, 2006

A recent report by the National Conference of State Legislatures' Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education decried the fact that fewer students aged 25-34 are earning university bachelor degrees. The decline is particularly pronounced in Utah, where officials are mystified by the trend. Some think young people are "less driven than their parents' generation," while others blame a hot labour market. Demographers suspect a rising Latino population, which has not traditionally attended college at the same rate. Salt Lake Tribune