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Florida university officials look at enrollment dip

TALLAHASSEE - The state university system's Board of Governors is eyeing a decline last year in undergraduate enrollment, with one official saying Wednesday it is part of a national trend. 

From fall 2020 to fall 2021, Florida universities saw a 1 percent decrease in undergraduate enrollment, down nearly 2,900 students.

"That 1 percent, it's not a big number but it's a complicated number," Christy England, the system's vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, told board members Wednesday. 

Factors included a 5 percent decline in students transferring to universities from the state college system after receiving associate degrees, England said. 

She said the overall enrollment dip was "not unexpected," and cited a "just under 3 percent decline (in enrollment) across the country."

 The Board of Governors is slated to review more-detailed enrollment numbers in September.

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