Joe Biden’s anticipated win for presidential office will not be official until the Electoral College vote in December, but his promises for higher education are included and explained in this article. Some of those promises include expanding free college, undoing Trump-era initiatives such as changing immigration policies and oversight of Title IX, and investing more into minority-serving institutions.
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.
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.
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.
Harvard Business Review
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.
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.
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.
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.