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Report: Enrollment Continues to Trend Downward

Inside Higher Ed.

October 15, 2020   Enrollment Management Trends

The latest fall 2020 enrollment report from the National Student Clearinghouse continues to show downward trajectories nearly across the board in higher education. As of September 24, undergraduate enrollment is now 4 percent lower than it was last fall. The largest declines are in first-year students, with just over 16 percent fewer freshmen enrolled this fall compared to last year. However, public and private nonprofit four-year institutions are doing relatively well, down 1.4 percent at public four-years and 2 percent at private non-profits. Community colleges are faring the worst, with enrollment dropping 9.4 percent.

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How the Trump administration’s H-1B visa changes could affect colleges

How the Trump administration’s H-1B visa changes could affect colleges

Education Dive

October 08, 2020 Enrollment Management Trends

New changes to the H-1B visa program could deter international students from studying in the U.S. and complicate hiring for colleges. The Trump administration’s overhaul of the visa program for highly skilled workers narrows its eligibility requirements and increases how much U.S. organizations must pay foreign employees.

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The Pandemic Pushed Universities Online. The Change Was Long Overdue.

Harvard Business Review

September 29, 2020   Enrollment Management Trends, Value and Affordability

Fall 2020 marks an inflection point as students, educators, and government leaders scrutinize the price and value proposition of higher education through the new lens of traditional classroom vs. multiple modes of digital delivery. Higher education has significantly lagged behind other industries in moving to a more digitally-driven model, and less than 5% of college budgets are dedicated to IT spending. The current climate, paired with technological developments make it imperative for college leaders and policymakers to make digital transformation and technology a much more central strategic priority.

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How COVID Could Impact Transfer

How COVID Could Impact Transfer

Inside Higher Ed.

September 25, 2020 Admissions, Enrollment Management Trends

With the high school population decreasing in most parts of the country, many four-year institutions are looking to two-year colleges for transfer students to fill out their enrollment. To best facilitate enrollment and completion for students, two- and four-year colleges should strategically collaborate to ensure a seamless process and transition.

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2020 Survey of Admissions Leaders: A Mess of a Year

Inside Higher Ed.

September 21, 2020   Enrollment Management Trends, Research

This report contains results of the 2020 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Admissions Officials conducted in August 2020.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion Of Gender Equality, Dies At 87

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion Of Gender Equality, Dies At 87

NPR

September 18, 2020 Research

An overview of the legacy that Justice Ginsburg leaves behind, including the struggles she faced at Harvard and Columbia Law School as well as her tenure as a professor at Rutgers Law School. The article also includes a review of her most memorable decisions and dissenting opinions.

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How colleges can help vulnerable students in their pandemic response

Education Dive

August 26, 2020   Enrollment Management Trends, Research, Student Success

The American College Health Association (ACHA) has offered recommendations relating to vulnerable campus populations and the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on people of color. The ACHA encourages universities and colleges to remain mindful of the social and racial biases that may appear in college branded messaging, as well as the impact the pandemic may have on those with disabilities.

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Admissions group asks colleges to rethink role of SAT, ACT

Admissions group asks colleges to rethink role of SAT, ACT

Education Dive

August 18, 2020 Admissions, Enrollment Management Trends

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, higher education institutions have shifted to allow for unprecedented test score submission flexibility. The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) expressed interest in reevaluating the role of entrance exams in college admissions and is calling for administrators to be more transparent in how they are used in the decision-making process.

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The Almanac, 2020-2021

The Chronicle of Higher Education

August 17, 2020   Enrollment Management Trends

Planning for the future in the wake of the vast social and economic disruption caused by the pandemic is a complex undertaking. The Almanac, The Chronicle’s annual compendium of data, can help make sense of the rapidly shifting climate.

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How The Coronavirus Has Upended College Admissions

How The Coronavirus Has Upended College Admissions

NPR

August 12, 2020 Admissions

With the pandemic’s impact on standardized testing, the shift in high school coursework to pass/fail, and the absence of extracurricular activities (data points that are typically instrumental in the college admissions process), higher education institutions are searching for new metrics to utilize in their decision making. Letters of recommendations, personal essays, and a detailed review of student transcripts will likely carry more weight for the upcoming admission cycle at many institutions.

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