The future of higher education will bring more hybrid learning models—but colleges may not yet have the staff and systems they need to scale up high-quality programs that blend in-person and online experiences. New study shows colleges may need to hire more digital experts and better prepare students to learn online.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, university and college student enrollment has decreased by slightly more than 5% from fall 2019 to the present. While previous studies have revealed that student involvement in recreation center activities increases return and retention at college campuses, this study asks if these results are still true during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The steady growth in the six-year college completion rate started to slow down for full-time starters in fall 2014, and the rate declined notably for part-time starters. Full-time starters at community colleges earned a credential at the highest rate in six years (46.5% by year six) whereas the stop-out rate increased sharply for their part-time counterparts from a year ago. The persistence disadvantage in part-time entering students appears to be worsening, with an increasing stop-out rate early in their career.
In the 2020-21 academic year, the total number of undergraduate credential earners increased by 1.1 percent or 39,000 to 3.7 million graduates. After a brief standstill in the previous year, graduate numbers began to rise again...
The Some College, No Credential (SCNC) report series seeks to understand the educational trajectories of millions of U.S. adults who left postsecondary education without receiving a postsecondary credential and are no longer enrolled. As the third in the series, this report identifies the levels of opportunity within each state for re-engaging SCNC students in the postsecondary attainment pipeline by tracking SCNC student outcomes annually: “Re-Enrollment” after stop-out, completion of “First Credential,” and “Perseverance” as indicated by continuous enrollment beyond first re-enrollment.
This book is a collection of empirical studies that seeks to address how receiving instruction in Spanish language affects heritage Spanish speakers not only linguistically, but also attitudinally, socially, and academically. The research literature identifies three pedagogically significant ways in which heritage language (HL) learners differ from second (L2) learners: namely, with respect to their skills in the target language, their socio-affective needs vis-à-vis the target language and culture, and their receptivity to instruction. This volume contributes to the scholarly conversation surrounding how to most effectively meet the instructional needs of heritage Spanish speakers.
Enrollment declines are worsening this spring. Total postsecondary enrollment, which includes both undergraduate and graduate students, fell a further 4.1 percent or 685,000 students in spring 2022 compared to spring 2021.
The retention of First-Generation College Students is an issue faced across different universities in the United States. FGCS are faced with various challenges that impact their enrollment in post-secondary institutions and these challenges are presented as the factors that affect retention in this study. This study attempts to analyze the three factors that affect the retention of FGCS which are mental health, financial well-being, and social support.
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports on the shifting transfer landscape during COVID-19 in a rapid response report series titled COVID-19 TRANSFER, MOBILITY, AND PROGRESS. On August 31, 2021, the Research Center issued a comprehensive annual report, revealing that American colleges lost nearly 200,000 transfer students in the first full year of the pandemic.
This white paper unravels the insights and implications of the factors that influence the learner’s path to and through post-secondary education. Preliminary research illustrates the need to better understand the shifting age demographic of the post-secondary student population — the median age has risen to 25 — causing a rise in the “confidence gap.”