College enrollment dropped as a share of high school graduates, a shocking event.

A new analysis of Census Bureau data suggests that a national push to get more people into college isn't getting a passing grade, especially when it comes to enrolling newly minted high-school graduates.

Wall Street Journal staffer Melissa Korn taps into newly released research from the American Council on Education, which noted that just under 66% of recent high-school grads were enrolled in two- or four-year college programs in 2013, down from 68.6% in 2008. The reasons? All is just speculation at the moment. Korn writes:

With more employers requiring college degrees for even the most entry-level positions, declining enrollment trends could spell long-term trouble for the subset of the population that can least afford prolonged unemployment.

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