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This is the subject of my keynote at Eduventures Summit 2022, June 15-17 in Boston. Here’s a sneak-peak at what I’m going to be talking about…
When it comes to college choice, students rarely go it alone. Behind almost every stressed-out high school student is a parent-student relationship hoping to make dreams come true. New Eduventures data shows that almost half of families (46%) begin the dreaming, exploration, and worrying as soon as high school begins. And for nearly another quarter (22%), this process begins as early as middle school.
Where are all the men? This question is currently on the minds of many enrollment officers. While male enrollment in higher education has trailed female enrollment for decades now, the pandemic widened the gender gap dramatically. The National Student Clearinghouse reported that undergraduate enrollment among male students dropped by 5.5% between spring 2020 and spring 2021, compared to a more moderate 2% decline among women.
Parsing through enrollment and market data in search of the next bachelor’s program to add to your academic portfolio can be tough in the current environment. But it’s an essential practice to continually update our understanding about what students want to study and which fields are most promising.
Most discussions about digital content concentrate on pricing and cost. Proponents of open educational resources, for example, point to how these resources help students avoid the high cost of textbooks. Likewise, many textbook publishers have shifted to an inclusive access model where all students receive textbooks and the cost is included in tuition.
Early Application to college has gone from a good option for students who really know what they want, to a strategic play for those who are trying to increase their odds of getting into a college.