With a few exceptions, there are two key questions keeping community college leaders up at night this summer: “Where did they go? And, what can we do to bring them back?”
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In late March, Coursera raised more than $520 million with a 36% price jump during its first day of trading. While Coursera’s opening bump doesn’t compare to Bumble’s 60% or Roblox’s 54% increases, it’s likely to become one of the largest postsecondary IPOs to date.
Few schools, however, will keep the lines of communication open with admitted students who chose a community college instead. But Eduventures data shows why these schools may have an important advantage when the time comes to enroll transfer students.
In 2019, that was the proportion of first-time, full-time Black undergraduates who completed a bachelor’s degree in six years. The rate for all first-time, full-time undergraduates was 61% and for white students it was 65%. While none of these ratios are stellar, the gap between Black learners and the other two is alarming.
Higher education has long asked students to provide this type of insight—via the course evaluation. More recently, however, the ideal role for these evaluations has come into question, sending course evaluation vendors in several different directions with their products.
If generations are defined by shared life events, we are witnessing a formative moment shaping a new generation of students; some experts are calling these students “Gen-C.” For higher education, this traumatic moment comes with shifting interests in academic majors.