Interesting read on declining college attendance. It's not a formal study, but there's definitely some interesting takeaways.
Students wonder whether it's worth paying when you don't know if your friends are going to go. When it might be 125º—or 25º, depending on your school—at kickoff. When you might be watching a blowout. When college is already so expensive that you're facing decades of debt. When the academics are harder. When there have never been more cheaper entertainment options just a click away.
Hoover recited reasons students didn't give [for not attending college football games]: "I didn't hear anything about [traumatic brain injury]. I didn't hear anything about the violence of the sport, didn't hear that it was boring relative to other options, didn't hear anybody complain about long timeouts for TV. The things people think. I never heard any student say those in my class."