The Changing Landscape of Higher Education Enrollment
Covid-19 has disrupted many institutions in the United States and around the world, including higher education. As the spring semester of 2021 draws to a close, research shows that enrollment rates are declining and, in some cases, these declines are significant.
According to a study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, undergraduate enrollment fell 4.5%, while two-year colleges fell 9.5%. What has also become evident is that the value proposition for higher education has extended beyond the traditional demographics of 18-24 students.
Host Daniel Litwin, the voice of B2B, was joined by Dr Michael Horowitz, President and Founder of TCS Education, to talk about the decline in higher education enrollment and the way – mainstream students and the population Latin American. TCS is a non-profit consortium of graduate and undergraduate schools, from law to psychology, focused on a collaborative approach to professional development and education. It partners with institutions receptive to the local community and its students.
Non-traditional students, Horowitz explained, now constitute the majority of students in the United States – and higher education must change accordingly. “In our colleges, the typical student is a 35-year-old worker who returns to finish her baccalaureate. There are millions of Americans who have started college or have not completed graduate school, ”he said. To better meet the needs of students, colleges need to be flexible and adaptive, learning the needs of their specific community and strengthening their online training tools. “The future for all students is finding the right mix, what we call blended education: what are the best courses given online, what are the best courses given face to face?” Ultimately, he added, students would have to leave all levels of higher education with the option of finding jobs and paying off student loans.
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