Category Archives: enrollment

Higher education fall 2020 enrollments: the latest data

As the fall 2020 semester comes to an end, we now have updated data on enrollment. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center has been tracking these numbers closely all season.  I shared their previous reports as they appeared (September, October, … Continue reading

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A high school graduation forecast from WICHE

How does the high school to college pipeline look? Many American colleges and universities recruit undergraduate students from the pool of recent high school graduates.  This is usually the stereotypical first-year college student image, a bright 18-year-old who transitions from … Continue reading

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College enrollment decline: new data on high school graduates

How is higher education enrollment changing this year? I’ve been tracking enrollment trends for years.  In 2020 things have become more strange and intense, given the combination of pandemic and bad recession.  So far the best data we have shows … Continue reading

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Fall 2020 higher ed’s enrollment decline, an update

American college and university enrollment declined this semester. In this post I’d like to update you with the latest developments on the trend. To start with, let me explain why this matters. The vast majority of American colleges and universities … Continue reading

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College and university enrollment fell even more steeply this fall, continuing a long term trend

How is college and university enrollment currently changing as a result of fall conditions?  Have the pandemic and recession sent more people to campus? In late September the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center offered its first pass at presenting fall … Continue reading

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American higher ed enrollment declined in fall 2020. Again.

Enrollment in American colleges and universities declined in fall 2020, according to just-released data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. This is early but important data for two big reasons.  First, it gives us a glimpse into how students … Continue reading

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American higher education enrollment declined again – *before* the pandemic hit

The number of students enrolled in American colleges and universities declined in spring 2020, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.  And this was before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. This enrollment downturn is no mere … Continue reading

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Five community colleges to merge

I’ve been forecasting and tracking college mergers for a while.  Today I’d like to add another merger to the list. Five Minnesota community colleges will merge within two years, according to Inside Higher Ed.  That’s (in alpha order) Hibbing Community … Continue reading

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American higher education enrollment declines again, continuing a nearly decade-long trend

The number of students enrolled in American higher education declined again, according to National Student Clearinghouse data.  When I say “again” that refers to the fact that total enrollment has dropped for eight years, semester by semester.  (I’ve been tracking … Continue reading

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International enrollment in American higher ed either declined again or became more training-oriented

The number of international students enrolled in American colleges and universities declined in 2018-2019, according to a new Open Doors report*.  This has significant implications for higher ed. I’ll summarize the news here, drawing on Elizabeth Redden’s reporting, then add … Continue reading

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