After a five-year decline in student enrollment, the University of Hawaii is working to reverse the trend.
President David Lassner set an ambitious goal to bring enrollment at its flagship campus, UH Manoa, back to 20,000 by the year 2020.
There were 20,426 students enrolled in Fall 2012.
That number dropped 12% to 18,056 in Fall 2016.
Internal reports predict another 2% decline in enrollment for Fall 2017 if changes aren’t made.
“We have a big emphasis starting with undergraduate education, then we’ll be doing more with graduate education next year,” said Lassner.
Lassner said one reason enrollment has trailed off is because the employment rate is low, meaning more people are opting out of higher education and heading…