Seventy-five percent of students who started college in the first fall of the COVID-19 pandemic returned for their second year. This persistence rate represents a one-year increase of 1.1 percentage points but has yet to recover to the pre-pandemic level in this important early student success indicator.
At least 1.4 million adults in the United States identify as transgender or gender nonconforming (TGNC), meaning that their gender identity does not correspond with the sex they were assigned at birth and in some cases may fall outside of the current gender binary. Younger generations are more likely to identify as TGNC: estimates suggest that as many as 1 in 14 (7%) of adults ages 18–24 identify as TGNC, and this number is increasing over time. Despite this predicted increase in enrollment, TGNC students face academic, social, and legal challenges not encountered by their cisgender peers.
This ninth annual report provides the most current data on high school graduates’ postsecondary enrollment, persistence, and completion outcomes. These data are the most relevant benchmarks for monitoring and evaluating progress in assisting students to make the high school to college transition and earn a credential in a timely manner. The current report examines college enrollment for the high school graduating class of 2020, persistence for the class of 2018, and completion for the class of 2014. Large gaps persist between higher- and low-income high schools on all fronts.
In fall 2021, the second fall semester of the COVID-19 pandemic, many colleges have fully resumed in-person classes amid the resurgence of the coronavirus. With continued challenges of responding quickly to evolving logistical concerns, institutional leaders and students alike are faced with difficult decisions that must be made with a lack of reliable, up-to-date information.
As economic changes continue to require more postsecondary education for career success, colleges and universities stand to play a pivotal role in the future of work by connecting working adults with the skills required to succeed in the workplace. This study gathered both student and institutional perspectives on the biggest Covid-19 postsecondary pain points for these learners and to hear which college policies worked, which didn’t, and what kinds of educational and personal support was simply missing.
This white paper centers around adults’ unique backgrounds, such as motivations, prior schooling experiences, and linguistic and cultural resources, as the foundation of understanding how adult students learn best. The Adult Learner Model synthesizes this research by bringing together findings from cognitive psychology, sociology, basic and continuing education, higher education, adult literacy, workforce training, digital literacy, and English language acquisition.
This white paper shapes the powerful economic, demographic, and market trends within the higher education space, particularly for adults. Moreover, it asks how these trends might affect key constituencies. This first paper looks at the nature of the obstacles adult learners face in trying to earn credentials with labor market value, the promise of innovative practices that target adult learners, and changes in institutional and governmental policies that might help more adults earn higher education credentials.
The National Digital Roundtable and myFootpath convened a group of experts to discuss successful reengagement strategies. This whitepaper highlights different tactics leading universities are using to reengage, re-enroll, and rejuvenate stop-out students. Fill out the form below to get your copy of the "Strategies for Success" whitepaper.