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.
Inside Higher Ed.
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.
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.
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.
Inside Higher Ed.
College Board and ACT are taking action to ensure their testing dates are in-line with CDC guidelines and the general safety of the students. Both are exploring at-home/online options if students are unable to return to school to take the exams in person.
The Today Show
October 25, 2019 Admissions
Courtney McAnuff, vice chancellor for enrollment management at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and Eric Sparks, assistant director of the American School Counselor Association, shared tips on a Today Show segment for navigating the college admissions process.
The Washington Post
The average SAT scored dropped 9 points for the class of 2019. However, testing participation has increased due to more schools offering the exam during school hours so that it does not have to be taken on a Saturday. Funding for the in-school examinations can come from either the state or school district itself. (Subscription required)
Rutgers-New Brunswick is enrolling its largest and most academically accomplished class to date this fall, with a projected 7,150 first-year and 2,400 transfer students attending. A record number of students applied to one or more Rutgers’ campuses statewide.
Inside Higher Ed
Georgetown University recently conducted a thought experiment to determine what would happen if college admission relied only on SAT and ACT scores. They found the use of test scores alone would result in a significantly different student body than is admitted now, challenging some ideas about affirmative action and college admissions.