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.
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.
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.
July 23, 2020 Enrollment Management Trends
Currently, certain inter-state travel advisories require a quarantine period. In response, many schools in states like New York and Pennsylvania are advising out-of-state students to study remotely until their home states are removed from the advisory lists, or requiring a two week quarantine for out-of-state and students living off-campus.
The cancellation or shift to virtual summer camps organized by colleges and universities will be a financial hurdle for colleges. The cancellation or pivot of these camps not only reduces revenue for the institution, but also the employees that would, in other circumstances, be supplementing their income by supporting summer camps. The status of these camps also limits recruiting efforts.
July 14, 2020 Enrollment Management Trends
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy on international students announced earlier this month has been reversed following criticism across the higher education sector. At the beginning of the pandemic, when most colleges turned to remote learning, the federal restrictions were waived to allow international students to take their course load entirely online “for the duration of the emergency”.
Inside Higher Ed.
A report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York rfinds that people from majority Black or Hispanic neighborhoods are less likely to attend college. Those that do attend college are more likely to borrow more in student loans and default on these loans later in life. While these critical social issues long predate COVID-19, it’s clear that the implications have been made starker by the coronavirus.
July 09, 2020 Value and Affordability
Just under half of the total $14 billion allotted to the CARES Act is reserved for students who are disadvantaged by the pandemic. The Institute for College Access & Success noted the funds were distributed to colleges with little guidance attached, and schools that received funding were to inform the Department of Education on how they are distributing funds to students.
July 25, 2020 Enrollment Management Trends
College enrollment in certain states, such as New Jersey, Hawaii, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont have long seen exports of first-year college students to other states for higher education. However, Moody’s Investors Service projects an uptick in in-state enrollment for New Jersey as many institutions in the state have recently began a campaign to draw students back in light of the pandemic. It is likely the shift to target in-state students will more highly benefit public institutions and community colleges.
The New York Times
June 22, 2020 Enrollment Management Trends
For years, states have seen the export of college students favoring out-of-state and elite institutions. The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the decisions of many students, due to a multitude of reasons including economic considerations due to the pandemic.