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How to Survive the Enrollment Bust

The Chronicle of Higher Education

January 13, 2021   Enrollment Management Trends, Student Success

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, colleges were already dreading a “great enrollment crash”. The pandemic then induced a 13% decline in first-time undergraduate enrollment, lying outside any projection model. Institutions of higher education must use lessons learned from 2020 and develop innovative enrollment strategies to survive the approaching demographic reversal of 2026.

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5 higher education trends to watch in 2021

5 higher education trends to watch in 2021

Education Dive

January 03, 2021 Enrollment Management Trends

Many of the higher education trends that dominated storylines in 2020 will likely continue to be highlighted this year. Areas of focus include decreased enrollment, instructional delivery (in person or remote), and test-optional admissions. A new presidential administration will also impact higher education policy.

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Fall Semester Was Not a Wash For All

Inside Higher Ed.

December 16, 2020   Student Success

A poll released by Gallup and the Lumina Foundation, a nonprofit advocate organization for equity in postsecondary education, found that about three-quarters of students rated the quality of their education to be “excellent” or “very good” despite disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Can Algorithms Save College Admissions?

Can Algorithms Save College Admissions?

The Chronicle of Higher Education

December 15, 2020 Admissions, Enrollment Management Trends

Competition in higher education admissions continues to be driven by demographic declines and increasing price sensitivity, among other factors. The ongoing crisis created by the outbreak of COVID-19 has further revealed the fragility of the current admissions model, which relies heavily on campus visits and travel for recruitment. This article examines the possibility of replacing the current admissions process with a match process, similar to medical school model.

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The Real Covid-19 Enrollment Crisis: Fewer Low-Income Students Went Straight to College

The Chronicle of Higher Education

December 10, 2020   Student Success, Value and Affordability

This year, 21.7% fewer high school graduates enrolled directly into college compared to 2019 as reported by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The reflects a huge year-to-year change, and when comparing students from different socioeconomic backgrounds, it becomes clear that the pandemic has hit low-income students, especially those from urban high schools, the hardest.

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The Latest College Scorecard Is Out. Here’s What It Says About How Much Parents Borrow for Higher Ed.

The Latest College Scorecard Is Out. Here’s What It Says About How Much Parents Borrow for Higher Ed.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

December 03, 2020 Student Success, Value and Affordability

The College Scorecard is a website designed to give prospective students and their families information about how much debt students at individual institutions incur, and how much they would earn in certain fields after graduation. At nearly 130 four-year institutions awarding bachelor’s degrees, the median amount parents borrowed was $50,000 or higher. The data reflect the loans parents received through the PLUS program on behalf of undergraduate students who earned their degrees in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.

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College completion rate stays flat: report

Education Dive

December 03, 2020   Enrollment Management Trends

The national six-year completion rate rose 0.3 percentage points this year, compared to a 1.4 point gain recorded last year. A slight decrease in completion among traditional age and community college students was recorded, while older students saw completion rates improve across every institution type except community colleges.

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The Federal Government Is Verifying Fewer FAFSA Filers. Here’s Why That Matters.

The Federal Government Is Verifying Fewer FAFSA Filers. Here’s Why That Matters.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

December 02, 2020 Student Success, Value and Affordability

In previous years, the federal government verified around 30% of all FAFSA applicants for each enrollment cycle; however this year the U.S. Education Department announced it reduced the percentage to 18%. The verification process is widely seen as a barrier for low income students to gain access to government grants, scholarships, and loans that would offset the financial burden of attending college.

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After Biden Is Sworn In, Does Student-Debt Relief Come Next?

The Chronicle of Higher Education

November 19, 2020   Value and Affordability

The recent economy has lifted the political prospects of loan forgiveness, although some economists question the effectiveness of loan relief as a stimulus tool. The exact details of how loan forgiveness might work are also yet to be determined: How would it be passed? Would it apply only to federal loans, or only to federal undergraduate loans? Is there an income cap?

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7 charts that give a snapshot of college enrollment this fall

7 charts that give a snapshot of college enrollment this fall

Education Dive

November 12, 2020 Admissions, Enrollment Management Trends

The pandemic’s impact on higher education is expected to linger, though colleges aren’t experiencing lower enrollment levels equally. Given preliminary data, overall undergraduate enrollment fell 4.4% from a year ago, and public two-year schools saw more than double that decline. It is also important to note that the enrollment trends vary based on student demographic.

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