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Research and Evaluation
Spring 2022 Enrollment Estimates

Overview, Spring 2022

June 14, 2022
New data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show enrollment declines continued to worsen this spring. Total postsecondary enrollment fell to 16.2 million this spring, marking a one-year decline of 4.1 percent or 685,000 students. Enrollment declined this spring at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Following a 3.5 percent drop last spring, postsecondary institutions…
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The Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States: 2022 Historical Trend Report
May 13, 2022
Despite gradual increases in U.S. higher education participation and attainment over the last half century, this annual report from The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education of the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the University of Pennsylvania Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (PennAHEAD) finds persistent inequity throughout the…
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Pathways to Prosperity: Postsecondary Access and Success for Colorado’s High School Graduates
May 2, 2022
For Colorado to meet its future workforce demands, state officials say it must put more residents on a path to achieve a postsecondary degree or credential. The Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education have set an ambitious goal that by 2025, 66 percent of Coloradans will attain a postsecondary…
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Lighting the Path to Remove Systemic Barriers in Higher Education and Award Earned Postsecondary Credentials Through IHEP’s Degrees When Due Initiative
April 29, 2022
In 2018, the Institute for Higher Education Policy launched its Degrees When Due initiative to identify barriers to college completion, re-engage the “some college, no degree” population, and promote equitable postsecondary attainment. This report shares key findings from that work.
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Governance, Academic Freedom, and Institutional Racism in the University of North Carolina System

Report of a Special Committee

April 27, 2022
A 38-page report from a special committee of the American Association of University Professors contends that The University of North Carolina system and the flagship Chapel Hill campus in particular suffer “from a governance structure widely perceived to be broken and from persistent and pervasive threats to academic freedom.”
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U.S. Public Continues to View Grades, Test Scores as Top Factors in College Admissions

Fewer Americans now see high school grades and test scores as major factors

April 26, 2022
More Americans believe high school grades and standardized test scores should be the top factors in the admissions process, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. By comparison, nearly three-quarters of Americans or more say gender, race or ethnicity, or whether a relative attended the school should not factor into admissions decisions.
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The State of Higher Education 2022 Report

Quantifying the perspectives of the currently, previously, and never enrolled after unprecedented disruptions to higher education

April 20, 2022
Despite recent pandemic disruptions, U.S. adults view higher education as playing a critical role in achieving a great job and a great life. As millions of Americans map their post-pandemic pathways, higher education institutions are poised to have an important impact on the upskilling and reskilling of U.S. adults.
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On Ramp to College

Dual Enrollment Impacts From the Evaluation of New York City’s P-TECH 9-14 Schools

March 30, 2022
The New York City P-TECH Grades 9-14 high school model involves a partnership between the New York City Department of Education, the City University of New York (CUNY), and employer partners that collaborate with the schools implementing it. The schools prepare students for both college and careers in STEM fields by allowing them to earn…
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College Preparation Opportunities, the Pandemic, and Student Preparedness

Perspectives From Class of 2021 College-Bound ACT Test-Takers

Feb. 23, 2022
A report from ACT reveals disparities in college preparation opportunities because of the pandemic. The report states that almost half of the Class of 2021 reported at least one of their college preparation activities had to be canceled due to pandemic restrictions.
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This report cover from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows 6 white people smiling, wearing graduation gowns. This is not representative at all of today's student or the reality of American demographics. It's pretty gross, actually.
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Completing College: National and State Reports

With New Longitudinal Data Dashboard

Feb. 2, 2022
As the tenth in the Completing College series, this report updates the six-year college completion rates nationally and by state, by tracking the enrollment and completion outcomes for the fall 2015 cohort of beginning college students through June 2021.
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