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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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Racial Justice and Equity
The State of Higher Education for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Californians
May 31, 2022
The future of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in the United States hinges critically on what happens in California. Not only is the Golden State a national trendsetter on educational policies that seek to advance equity, but California also plays an outsized role with respect to the fates of Asian American and NHPI…
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Affordability
Parent PLUS Borrowers: The Hidden Casualties of the Student Debt Crisis
May 31, 2022
Parent PLUS loans, created by Congress to give middle-class parents flexibility in how they pay for college, are increasingly used by low-income families. Among Black families who use Parent PLUS, the share with no expected family contribution now exceeds 40 percent, and the share among Latino families is also high, above 25 percent.
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Human Work and Learning
Grads on the Go: Measuring College-Specific Labor Markets for Graduates
May 27, 2022
This report from the National Bureau of Economic Research presents a new measure of the labor markets served by colleges and universities across the United States. About 50 percent of recent college graduates are living and working in the metro area nearest the institution they attended, with this figure climbing to 67 percent in-state. The…
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Federal Policy
Overseeing the Overseers: Can Federal Oversight of Accreditation Improve Student Outcomes?

Can Federal Oversight of Accreditation Improve Student Outcomes?

May 25, 2022
Since the 1960s, the accreditation process and accreditors have played an important gatekeeping function for institutions’ access to federal student financial aid. Recognizing this role, Congress and the Department of Education have introduced and modified federal requirements and oversight of accreditors to ensure that these gatekeepers are protecting students and public dollars. While these federal…
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Human Work and Learning
How To Ease the Nursing Shortage in America
May 23, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic worsened a national shortage of registered nurses, making it increasingly urgent that policymakers invest in higher education, coordinate strategies to alleviate the pressures on the nursing workforce, and make the entire health care system more equitable and stable.A report by the Center for American Progress examines the barriers in higher education contributing…
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Prison Education
Second Chance Pell: Five Years of Expanding Higher Education Programs in Prisons: 2016–2021
May 18, 2022
The Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative, launched by the U.S. Department of Education in 2015, provides need-based Pell Grants to people in state and federal prisons. A new report from The Vera Institute of Justice shows that enrollment of incarcerated students in Second Chance Pell higher education programs has increased steadily for five years,…
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Affordability
Protecting Borrowers and Advancing Equity

Systemic Solutions to Improve Federal Student Loan Servicing & Repayment

May 16, 2022
As the country waits to see what the Biden administration will do regarding student loan forgiveness, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators offers its own ideas in this report.The report outlines 30-plus policy suggestions. Among them: strengthen and simplify income-driven repayment programs so they protect borrowers and allow them to repay in accessible,…
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Student Supports
Research Evidence on Community College Ask-Connect-Inspire-Plan Onboarding Practices
May 16, 2022
Helping students gain early momentum is essential not only for improving student success rates and for closing equity gaps but also for countering declining community college enrollments. To build back enrollments, community colleges need to substantially increase retention as well as recruitment, particularly among students from underserved groups, says this report from the Community College…
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Research and Evaluation
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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