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    Fewer US College Students Are Learning on Campus

    Call it studying abroad. A new survey reveals that the number of pupils attending classes on campus has dropped by more than 1 million since 2012 — a 6.4 percent decrease. Now, the 3 million enrolled in distance learning make up 15 percent of the total higher education population. For-profit colleges took by far the worst hit, thanks to bad press, but they’re not the only ones feeling the chill, which experts attribute to an improving economy and lower unemployment making pricey degrees less vital for would-be workers.

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