What a year! Though the pandemic may finally be behind us, 2022 has once again kept things interesting in higher ed. Here are our Top 5 most popular Wake-Up Calls from 2022.
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As has become an end-of-year tradition at Eduventures, we ask our team to reflect on something specific they learned through their research over the past year.
In the early days of 2022—buffeted by a few “small” things such as Omicron, massive federal stimulus, roaring inflation, an acute labor shortage, and a sky-high stock market—I fearlessly made three predictions for higher education, something I do every year.
Pandemic-induced enrollment declines have reshaped the composition of freshman classes. Eduventures’ 2022 Admitted Student Research™ sample shows a decline of 11% among first generation students and 13% among those from low-income households, compared to a 67% increase in students from high-income families between 2019 to 2022.
A recent study by New America reported that 55% of respondents said online learning was as good as or better than in-person instruction, up from 37% a year ago.
In August, President Biden announced unprecedented plans to forgive a big chunk of federal student loan debt—an estimated 45% of borrowers will be debt free—prompting heated debate about plan details, who stands to benefit, impact on public finances, and even the legality of the move.