Demographic Data Let Colleges Peer Into the Future

John Amis for The Chronicle

Kindergarteners at Nesbit Elementary School, outside Atlanta
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Until just a few years ago, colleges could anticipate classes of high-school graduates each bigger than the last. Two decades of steady supply drove enrollment growth and let campuses be choosy, gathering freshmen with good test scores and parents...

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