Category Archives: enrollment

Have master’s degrees gone too far? A critique and a discussion

Have master’s degrees become a problem? Last week New America’s education policy leader Kevin Carey gave an interview to Slate.  In it Carey and his interlocutor, Jordan Weissmann, argued that American master’s degree* programs have been corrupt and dangerous in … Continue reading

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American higher education enrollment declined again this spring

For nearly a decade I’ve been tracking one higher education enrollment trend. Since 2012 the total number of students taking classes in American colleges and universities has declined.  It’s a steady trend, with the curve dipping down every single academic … Continue reading

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American higher education enrollment declined in spring 2021, continuing a multi-year trend

How did college and university enrollment fare in spring 2021, during the pandemic? The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center has a new report on the topic, continuing their close examination of the past year.  This is vital data for everyone … Continue reading

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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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