Report: Less Demand for Higher-Education Construction

- Undergraduate student enrollments in construction trades programs or majors increased at both two- and four-year degree-granting institutions from Spring 2018 to Spring 2019, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reported on May 30, even as total enrollments declined for the seventh year in a row, by 1.7%. There were 63,000 students in construction trades at two-year schools (up 16% from 2018) and 11,000 at four-year schools (up 5.7%). Total enrollment tumbled 20% at four-year, for-profit colleges and decreased by 3.4% at two-year, public colleges and 0.9% at four-year public institutions. With shrinking numbers of high school students, a decrease in foreign students, and a strong job market, enrollments are likely to continue dropping, implying less demand for higher-education construction.

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