MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- The UW Board of Regents will meet Friday to see how it can boost enrollment at UW System schools. Enrollment is down at several schools this year.
A UW System spokesman says more students are taking classes from online and for-profit universities. Plus the university anticipated enrollment declines because birthrates in Wisconsin decreased 17 to 18 years ago.
UW-River Falls took the biggest enrollment hit. It's down 6 percent this year. At UW-Milwaukee, enrollment dropped 2.4 percent and freshman enrollment is down 6.7 percent. The campus has focused on recruiting more international and graduate students.
UW-Whitewater is an exception to the trend. It experienced record enrollment this fall.
UW-Nadison saw an increase of less than 1 percent