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Perceptions of Affordability

Inside Higher Ed

January 12, 2022   Enrollment Management Trends, Value and Affordability

High school juniors who believe they can’t afford higher education are less likely to attend college within the first three years after high school. College affordability is particularly a concern for first-generation students. Among those studied, the group least likely to enroll in college were students who believed they could not afford college and had at least one parent with a high school diploma or less. Across low-income states, families are required spend a significant percent of their income for a family member’s college education.

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Fewer High School Graduates Go Straight to College

Fewer High School Graduates Go Straight to College

Inside Higher Ed

January 10, 2022 Admissions, Enrollment Management Trends

A new report shows an unprecedented decline in college enrollment among high school graduates. College enrollment by the high school class of 2020 showed a decline between 4 and 10 percentage points. Preliminary data show freshman enrollment declined by 2.7 percent last fall. Overall postsecondary enrollment fell by 2.6 percent compared to 2020. Immediate enrollment fell from 55 percent to 45 percent between 2019 and 2020.

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How to Tackle Inequity in Higher Education Head-On

Inside Higher Ed

January 05, 2022   Student Success, Value and Affordability

The pandemic illuminates the issues faced by low-income, first-generation or racial minority students. Students face issues like affordability, maintaining their enrollment status, and other academic and personal concerns. Colleges face structural barriers that drive inequity, including the pandemic and a long-overdue racial reckoning. Universities use continuous improvement to improve affordability, teaching and learning, and holistic student support.

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How can colleges convince admitted students to enroll?

How can colleges convince admitted students to enroll?

Higher Ed. Dive

January 04, 2022 Pre-College Outreach, Admissions

Highly personalized methods for enrolling students are expensive and difficult for institutions to scale. Virtual outreach tools like social media and online campus tours are particularly effective. Institutions need to employ a dynamic model for determining enrollment. They should be the ones to choose how many variables to include in the model as they pinpoint student enrollment patterns. Predictive models will help even if the pandemic has upended the traditional factors for forecasting enrollment.

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42% of stopped-out young adults cited financial reasons for leaving college, survey finds

Higher Ed. Dive

December 02, 2021   Student Success, Value and Affordability

A new survey of “disengaged learners” found financial reasons to be the top cause for stepping away. The longer a former student stays away, the less likely they are to reenroll. Reaching personal goals are a deciding factor for returning students. More than half of respondents were full-time employees in the retail or food industry, with a yearly household income of $50,000 or less. Institutions can offer the following to entice students to return: certificates for credits earned, less expensive classes, workshops to address students’ problems, counseling and help through concierge services.

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Share of Common App colleges requiring admissions tests continues to plummet

Share of Common App colleges requiring admissions tests continues to plummet

Higher Ed. Dive

November 29, 2021 Admissions, Enrollment Management Trends

Only a small fraction of colleges accepting the Common Application required first-year undergraduates to submit admissions exam scores during the 2021-22 season. Just 5% of member colleges mandated test scores, falling from 11% in the 2020-21 admissions year. Testing experts predict that test-optional policies will remain as the health crisis subsides.

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Higher ed groups call for quick changes to FAFSA verification

Higher Ed. Dive

November 08, 2021   Research, Value and Affordability

The share of students selected for verification has reduced from 40% to 23% this year, due to reduced requirements because of the pandemic. However, the agency wants to resume full verification for the next cycle. Majority of students selected for verification are Pell grant recipients. However, the federal government should allow the IRS to share income data with the Education Department to eliminate the verification requirement for these students.

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Bridging the Gap Between Low-Income Students and Top Colleges

Bridging the Gap Between Low-Income Students and Top Colleges

Inside Higher Ed

November 02, 2021 Enrollment Management Trends, Value and Affordability

The National Education Equity Lab has created a model for helping low-income high school students and elite colleges connect. This model was designed to scale courses offered at elite colleges using Zoom to deliver them asynchronously to high school students nationwide. Since 2019, approximately 8,000 students received these courses. Participating universities provide classes at no cost. School districts pay a nominal amount to participate.

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Enrollments Still Falling 2 Years Into Pandemic

Inside Higher Ed

October 26, 2021   Admissions, Enrollment Management Trends

Undergraduate enrollment fell by 3.2% this fall. Since fall 2019, undergraduate enrollments have dropped by 6.5%. Wealthy and prestigious institutions have nearly recovered their lost enrollments. Certain highly selective institutions had increased enrollment this fall. Public two-year institutions continue to face declines, with a net decline of 14.1% since 2019. Black and white students saw the largest undergraduate enrollment declines.

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Pandemic fueled huge online-only enrollment growth, report finds

Pandemic fueled huge online-only enrollment growth, report finds

Higher Ed. Dive

October 20, 2021 Enrollment Management Trends, Research

According to an annual report from NC-SARA, student enrollment in exclusively distance education saw a significant increase in 2020. The share of EDE students increased from 53.7% to 67.6% for students attending college in their home state. These trends are likely to continue beyond the pandemic. Nearly 6 in 10 institutions plan to continue offering remote learning after the health crisis ends.

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