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September 27, 2010

Student Bodies

Did you have a clue? I mean did you have any idea how many people are enrolled in the University of Hawaii system? 60,231 people are enrolled in one form or another at UH-Manoa and the nine other campuses in the state college system. Undoubtedly, part of the 4% increase in enrollment over last year is due to the bleak outlook in the local job market, especially for inexperienced young adults.

But hopefully, part of the reason for the increase is due to a number of other factors- maybe more and more people see the value of continuing their education for future needs; maybe the system is doing a good job in its education role, and thus friends are encouraging friends to take courses. Maybe someday where you went to college in Hawaii will mean just as much locally to some people who enjoy stereotyping as where you went to high school; after all, the question "where did you go to school?" means "what college did you attend?" throughout the mainland. No, that'll never happen; too many people will always prefer to compartmentalize and stamp people based on geography and school choice, as well as ethnicity.

The fact that over 60,000 people of all ages are traipsing through the hallowed hallways of higher education in the state college system here is a good sign in tough times.  While being a professional student is sometimes a concern of parents who wonder when junior will figure it out, seeing more people get more knowledge can only be a good sign for the growth and development of our minds as well as our state. Think about it…

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