Historically, a down economy equals college enrollment increases, as laid-off workers seek to boost their resumes with new skills. Community colleges and tech schools, with their short, skills-focused programs and lower tuitions see the biggest enrollment boosts.
However, high gas prices are adding a new twist to this down cycle. Students are still looking to higher education to improve their earning potential, but getting to class is often a financial hardship, especially for students who live many miles from campus. Because of this, online classes are more popular than ever, and schools are finding other creative ways to help students conserve fuel, such as offering one long day of on-campus classes.
By the way, the library feels your gas pains (Ha ha, very funny. You know what I mean.), so we offer you a huge collection of online articles and books. If you are a currently enrolled student, you can access our resources from anywhere with your Pipeline username and password. And if you need help, you can IM, email, or call us: http://library.mtsu.edu/help/needhelp.php.