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December 5, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Daily round-up: Enrollment dips at community colleges, AP classes go virtual

Recovering economy means lower enrollment for community colleges (KPLU): Today’s slowly improving economy means more people are heading back to work. For several community colleges in the Northwest, the shift has led to a decline in enrollment numbers.

Professors in North Carolina will design online AP classes (The New  York Times):  A group of professors from Davidson College in North Carolina will partner with the College Board and edX to develop online courses for AP exams in calculus, physics and macroeconomics. The classes are expected to be widely available in 2015, with more subjects to follow.

Average student debt at graduation approaches $30K (The Chronicle of Higher Education): Amid all the pomp and circumstance, the average college graduate is now receiving $29,400 in debt along with his or her diploma. That figure is up more than 25 percent from 2008, when the average debt was $23,450.

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