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Research and Evaluation
Quantifying the impact of excess capacity in higher education

The cost of excess capacity could be as high as $50 billion annually

Dec. 8, 2020
The question being asked before the pandemic, “Is there excess capacity in the US higher education sector, and what is the potential cost of this excess capacity and subsequent impact on students, especially underrepresented students?” is increasingly relevant during the COVID-19 era, with so much of higher education operating in a remote mode of delivery.
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COVID’s Lessons for Global Higher Education

Coping with the Present while Building a More Equitable Future

Nov. 30, 2020
This report was written over the course of the first six months of the pandemic, roughly from March to October 2020. During and since that time, much has transpired in terms of the pandemic and its implications for the world.
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COVID’s Lessons for Global Higher Education

Coping with the Present while Building a More Equitable Future

Nov. 16, 2020
Many higher education institutions will face real financial peril during the deep recession that many economists predict. The main priority is not to cope with the short-term effects of the pandemic, but to think carefully about how to reshape higher education for long-term resilience. This unprecedented crisis portends drastic structural changes in the educational and…
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First Look Fall 2020 Enrollment

National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s Monthly Update on Higher Education Enrollment

Oct. 30, 2020
A report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows big enrollment drops this fall. Of particular note, traditional-age students and Black students were much less likely to enroll at community colleges. Also, fewer students this fall enrolled in shorter-term programs.
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COVID-19 Transfer, Mobility, and Progress

First Look Fall 2020 Report

Oct. 26, 2020
A report from the National Students Clearinghouse Research Center shows increased transfers from community colleges to four-year institutions in the first fall semester of the pandemic. According to the study, continuing students are the driver of these increases in upward transfer.
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Measuring the Whole Student

Landscape Review of Traditional and Holistic Approaches to Community College Student Success

Sept. 30, 2020
As colleges and universities work to enhance student success, they frequently use traditional outcome-based metrics—such as graduation rates, year-to-year retention, and post-graduation employment—to define that “success.” These measurements, which are reported to and used by government, regulatory, and accrediting agencies, are influential for decision-making, benchmarking, ranking, and most importantly, funding. This report from Ithaka S+R…
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A Vision for a Post-Pandemic Learning Ecosystem

Learning Recognition and the Future of Higher Education

Sept. 9, 2020
A new brief from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education suggests what a future higher education model could–and should–look like in order to reflect the realities of the changing world of work post-COVID.
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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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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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