New data shows that the higher education sector didn’t get a reprieve from the enrollment losses that. Instead, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center numbers found a few enduring trends.
Public two-year schools again reported the steepest. College writing to the Clearinghouse brought in roughly 600,000 fewer students this spring than a year ago, including graduates and undergraduates. That’s more than between 2019 and 2020.
As with the fall, declines indrove the sector’s overall downward trend. These losses were most significant at , though not all states experienced them equally. Connecticut, Louisiana, New Mexico, and two-year enrollment by over 15% from spring 2020, while Utah and Nebraska recorded small gains, the Clearinghouse found.
Graduate programs again posted increased enrollment.this could partly be because more of these programs were online before the pandemic than undergraduate programs. Analysts project graduate programs will continue to grow and in colleges’ revenue diversification strategy in the future.
Clearinghouse data shows that students aged 18 to 24 enrolled at a lower rate this spring than aago. Their older classmates were more likely to enroll, though they account for a smaller of total enrollment than their younger classmates. Public two-year . Other the losses at community colleges were concentrated among low-income students and those from historically underrepresented groups in higher education.
The pandemic is exacerbating a trend of fewer men enrolling in postsecondary education in recent years. Experts say men may be deterred from pursuingthey have viable alternatives. One expert told The Hechinger Report recently that men may feel more compelled than women to work during the to support their families. The publication noted that (Men and women were the only gender categories included in the report.) Shorter-term credentials could be one option for this group, though the latest Clearinghouse data show the steepest declines at offering more such programs.
Clearinghouse data on transfer enrollment this spring shows, with one exception. More students moved from two-year to . However, the overall 10% year-over-year decline in students is the steepest of any pandemic-era term. It outpaces the 6.5% total decrease in non-transfer enrollment.