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...
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.
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.
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.
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.