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Can Africa be the next powerhouse in international student recruitment?

The Chronicle of Higher Education

January 25, 2023   Admissions, Enrollment Management Trends

As student applicant numbers from China plummeted by nearly 25% from the pandemic, two of the leading countries for international applicants are currently coming from West Africa. Nigeria and Ghana seem to be only behind China and India – the leading source of international students for decades now, suggests the latest data from Common App. Lack of capacity in local universities is driving African students to study abroad, and as of 2023, applicants from Nigeria and Ghana have at least tripled and quadrupled, respectively, from the 2019-20 admission cycle.

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Universities are failing to capture the value of their data, research finds

Universities are failing to capture the value of their data, research finds

Higher Ed. Dive

January 12, 2023 Enrollment Management Trends, Research

Recent research found that universities underuse the data that is available to them, often because of poor communication among departments. Research institutions have access to both academic administrative and research data sets but often lack a centralized repository for all of the information. Investing in the systems and people required to derive the most value possible from data can support transparent governance, promote equal opportunity among employees and students, and save universities money in the long run.

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More Money for Pell Grants, Research

Inside Higher Ed.

January 03, 2023   Student Success, Value and Affordability

Congress is sending more than $1.5 billion to colleges and universities thanks to earmarks and pouring millions more into student success grant programs as part of the $1.7 trillion spending package for fiscal year 2023 that lawmakers approved late last month. The bill increases the maximum annual Pell Grant award to $7,395. It’s the second increase in as many fiscal years and the largest in a decade.

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Colleges’ expenses rose 5.2% in FY22, the biggest increase since 2001

Colleges’ expenses rose 5.2% in FY22, the biggest increase since 2001

Higher Ed. Dive

December 15, 2022 Enrollment Management Trends, Value and Affordability

College operating costs jumped 5.2% in the 2022 fiscal year. This is the highest rate of inflation since 2001, when it hit 6%. It is also the first year in almost a decade that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) exceeded the Higher Education Price Index (HEPI).

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What Will Happen to ‘U.S. News’ Rankings?

Inside Higher Ed

December 05, 2022   Pre-College Outreach, Enrollment Management Trends

Eleven law schools have announced they will not continue to participate in U.S. News & World Report institutional rankings. Thus far, undergraduate institutions have not followed suit, and U.S. News does not plan to abandon its rankings system.

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Over 1,830 colleges are test-optional for fall 2023 admissions

Over 1,830 colleges are test-optional for fall 2023 admissions

Higher Ed. Dive

November 15, 2022 Admissions, Enrollment Management Trends

At least 1,835 four-year colleges in the US are test-optional for fall 2023. Of those, 85 are fully test-free. 1,450 colleges have made test-optional and test-free admissions permanent. Test-optional policies continue to be studied for their effects on admissions.

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International Enrollment Rebounds

Inside Higher Ed

November 14, 2022   Admissions, Enrollment Management Trends

Most international enrollment recovered from a steep decline during the pandemic. The total number of international students enrolled at U.S. institutions increased by 4 percent in 2021-22 and an additional 9 percent this fall.

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Moving Forward on FAFSA Simplification

Moving Forward on FAFSA Simplification

Inside Higher Ed

November 11, 2022 Enrollment Management Trends, Value and Affordability

The U.S. Education Department will move forward with parts of the FAFSA Simplification Act next fall, which will require colleges and universities to update their total cost of attendance calculation. Guidance has been provided to institutions to calculate the new figures.

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Potential Students Value Diversity

Inside Higher Ed

November 07, 2022   Admissions, Enrollment Management Trends

A recent survey found that diversity among faculty and the student body is the top priority for students when searching for a potential college in which to enroll. Relatedly, only 9 percent reported receiving personalized and relevant outreach from prospective institutions.

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Direct Admissions Takes Off

Direct Admissions Takes Off

Inside Higher Ed

October 24, 2022 Admissions, Enrollment Management Trends

Direct admissions kicked off last year in the United States by the company Concourse. This year, 125 colleges around various cities are making admission offers via Concourse. The Common Application is also experimenting with direct admissions, with 14 colleges involved this year.

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