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Research and Evaluation
What Student Enrollment Decisions Say About Melt, Retention Risk, and the Next Recruiting Cycle

Traditional Student Demand

Aug. 19, 2020
A report from Eduventures examines comparative data from Eduventures Survey of Admitted Students in 2019 and in 2020 to determine the real effects of COVID-19 on enrollment patterns. The report shows a 6-percent increase in students opting to attend an in-state public institution; out-of-state public institutions were down by 5 percent in student choices.
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Segregation Forever?

The Continued Underrepresentation of Black and Latino Undergraduates at the Nation’s 101 Most Selective Public Colleges and Universities

July 20, 2020
While the COVID-19 pandemic and the police killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks have shined a bright light on systemic racism in U.S. public health and policing, there is less awareness of the many ways systemic racism limits educational opportunity for Black and Latino people. This report from The Education Trust explores…
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Research and Evaluation
Recognition of Prior Learning in the 21st Century

An Examination of Prior Learning Assessment Policy and Practice as Experienced by Academic Records Professionals and Students

July 14, 2020
This brief is one part of a broad landscape analysis focused on policy and practice issues related to the recognition of prior learning and is published by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, with funding from Lumina Foundation and Strada Education Network.
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A COVID-19 Supplement

With New Data Submitted in April and May 2020

June 30, 2020
In spring 2020 most students maintained the same enrollment intensity from the start to the end of term, regardless of demographic characteristics or institution types. In 2018 and 2019, only 13 percent of students changed their enrollment status during the term. In 2020, this percent dropped slightly, to 12 percent.
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Economic Mobility Conundrums

A Closer Look at the Opportunity Insights University Rankings

June 22, 2020
Ranking colleges and universities based on students’ economic mobility can unfairly advantage institutions in places with extreme income inequality, according to this report from the American Enterprise Institute.
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The Impact of COVID-19 on Student Experiences and Expectations

Data and Empirical Analysis on the Effect of COVID on Students

June 18, 2020
A working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that 40 percent of students surveyed at a major public university reported losing a job, internship, or job offer because of the COVID-19 health crisis.
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A Framework to Address Racial Equity in Postsecondary State Policy and Practice

Talent, Innovation, and Equity Framework 1-pager

May 26, 2020
To support state efforts to close postsecondary attainment equity gaps for students of color, RFA has developed a framework that describes three drivers behind efforts to place racial equity at the center of postsecondary policymaking and practice: awareness, inclusion, and integration.
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Does Attending a More Selective College Equal a Bigger Paycheck?

Report Explores the Connection Between Selectivity and Earnings

May 22, 2020
There is a widespread presumption that attending a more prestigious college leads to higher earnings. While we know that there is a big earnings premium for completing a college degree for most, the relationship between earnings and the selectivity of an institution is studied less often.
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How the Pandemic Could Alter Government Higher Education Spending

Historical trends suggest state dollars will drop as federal share increases—but the impact will depend on critical decisions at both levels

May 18, 2020
If past recessions are any guide, the economic challenges resulting from the coronavirus pandemic will likely accelerate the major shift in government support for higher education that has been playing out over the past two decades. Overall, state dollars for colleges, universities, and students have fallen since 2000 while federal funding has risen, after adjusting…
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What You Make Depends on Where You Live

College Earnings Across States and Metropolitan Areas

May 18, 2020
This first-of-its-kind study looks beyond the national averages, comparing mean earnings for full-time workers with different levels of education in all 50 states and D.C., in over 100 metro areas, and in rural America using individual-level data for the years 2015 through 2017 from the American Community Survey (ACS).
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