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(Toledo News Now) -
Ohio college enrollment numbers continue to decline, but some institutions aren't looking at it as a negative.
Comparing enrollment numbers from fall of 2012 to those from fall of 2013, all local universities saw a decrease.
The University of Toledo saw a drop of 3 percent, while Bowling Green State University only saw a decline of 1 percent.
The biggest local decrease was at Owens Community College.
"Owens for the fall of 2013 did see a decline of about over 13 percent," said Betsy Johnson, vice president of enrollment management and student services.
Johnson says they actually see this decline as a positive.
"It's actually a good sign for us and the economy, that that's happening," she said. "It was something that Owens was anticipating. We knew the economy was starting to pick back up, and so we knew some of our students who had started here would be going back to work and they wouldn't necessarily need the credit training that we have to offer."
While the decline is a trend in Ohio, and increase in enrollment is the trend in Michigan. Johnson says lower numbers in Ohio may be a continuing trend as the economy continues to rebound.
"I think it depends on where you live as to whether [the economy] is the biggest reason or not," she said. "I think here in northwest Ohio, we had a big crunch with the economy, so for us, that's a major part of that."