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‘U.S. News’ Changes Policy on Testing

Inside Higher Ed

September 12, 2022   Admissions, Enrollment Management Trends

U.S. News rankings will no longer punish schools where most student don’t submit SAT or ACT scores. In their new calculation, they increased the weight of high school class standing and average graduation rate for those schools that report SAT/ACT scores for less than 50 percent of new entrants. For test-blind schools, rankings value is equal to the lowest test score in their rankings.

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Over 1 in 20 students at a state flagship are caregivers, researchers found. They face these challenges.

Over 1 in 20 students at a state flagship are caregivers, researchers found. They face these challenges.

Higher Ed. Dive

September 08, 2022 Enrollment Management Trends, Student Success

Researchers found that 5.6% of undergraduate and graduate students surveyed identified as caregivers. 3.2% cared for someone who was chronically ill or aging, and 2.9% cared for a minor. These students were disproportionately women, graduate students, financial aid recipients, and enrolled part time. Such students had lower average GPAs and a higher likelihood to report depression and anxiety symptoms. It is recommended institutions proactively identify such students and design policies to minimize emotional and academic risk factors.

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Students Vote for Remote (Employees)

Inside Higher Ed

September 06, 2022   Enrollment Management Trends, Student Success

As institutions navigate employees’ desires for flexibility in work location and hours, there is agreement that student needs should be central to decision-making. College and university officials may not realize, however, that most students don’t expect or feel they need in-person, non-faculty staff on campus. Students indicated via a recent survey, however, that certain departments should always have at least some staff physically working on campus, such as financial aid and counseling centers.

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The Case for Gender-Diverse Research Teams

The Case for Gender-Diverse Research Teams

Inside Higher Ed

August 30, 2022 Research, Student Success

A recent study found that male-female research teams produce more innovative, impactful research than all-male or all-female teams. Male-female teams publish up to 7 percent more novel papers, and are also 15 percent more likely to be highly cited than all-male or all-female teams.

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College students who are parents face wide affordability gap, study finds

Higher Ed. Dive

August 19, 2022   Student Success, Value and Affordability

A student who is a parent and works 10 hours per week at a minimum wage job cannot afford tuition and child care at a public institution in any state. On average, these students need to work 50 hours per week to meet their expenses. Increasing the federal minimum wage, doubling the Pell Grant for low-income students, expanding on-campus child care, and collecting additional data about student parents are potential strategies to help mitigate this disparity.

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What happened when the Common App offered college students proactive admission?

What happened when the Common App offered college students proactive admission?

Higher Ed. Dive

August 12, 2022 Admissions, Enrollment Management Trends

The Common Application will expand a pilot program that offers students who create Common App profiles and provide their academic histories automatic admission to select institutions. Representatives from the Common App said students were more likely to apply to institutions if they received automatic admission.

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How to Solve the Mystery of ‘Summer Melt’

The Chronicle of Higher Education

August 04, 2022   Admissions, Enrollment Management Trends

In the weeks leading up to the start of classes, a portion of students who commit to attend a given university will “melt” away. Lost students leave gaps in campus budgets and vacant seats in classrooms. While efforts from enrollment managers have helped combat some melt, additional strategies may need to be explored to keep students engaged with the university.

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College vaccine mandates saved lives, report finds

College vaccine mandates saved lives, report finds

Higher Ed. Dive

August 04, 2022 Enrollment Management Trends, Student Success

Colleges with vaccination requirements reduced the number of positive cases and deaths in surrounding areas. The mandates reduced the number of deaths by 5% at four-year residential colleges, and also reduced new COVID-19 cases by 339 per 100,000 county residents.

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New Jersey law creates gainful employment standards for career-oriented college programs

Higher Ed. Dive

August 02, 2022   Enrollment Management Trends, Value and Affordability

New Jersey regulators can revoke higher education institutions’ authority to grant degrees and credentials if they don’t meet quality standards. A new law signed last week requires state agencies to create metrics for gauging the success of career-centered programs, based on the ratio of tuition rates versus graduates’ anticipated earnings. This benchmark applies to all institution types.

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College students average less than 22 credits in their first year, too few to graduate on time

College students average less than 22 credits in their first year, too few to graduate on time

Higher Ed. Dive

August 02, 2022 Enrollment Management Trends, Student Success

According to recent research from the National Student Clearinghouse, only 51% of students earned 24 or more credits in their first year of college, and only 28% of first-year students earning 30 or more credit hours. While the rate of credits earned varied based on institution type, degree sought, college readiness, enrollment intensity, and race and ethnicity, most students are not on track to graduate in four or five years.

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