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Highlights from Higher Ed: Enrollment, Lessons Learned, High School Graduation Rates and Tech

Enrollment is up, enrollment is down The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center report shows the steepest decline among undergraduates since the pandemic began. Data reflecting enrollments through March 25, 2021 indicates that undergraduate attendance fell 5.9 percent and overall enrollment this semester is down 4.2 Read More

Liaison Celebrates Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May puts the spotlight on Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders' access to higher education Since 1992, Congress has designated May as Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month “to celebrate and pay tribute to the contributions generations of Asian American/Pacific Americans have made Read More

The Data Is In: Lessons from the Annual PostbacCAS Applicant Report

Liaison’s 2019-2020 PostbacCAS Cycle Report aggregates data for all verified applicants who submitted through the Centralized Application Service (CAS) for postbac programs during the 2019-2020 admission cycle. As soon as the COVID-19 outbreak began to spread across the globe in early 2020, it became apparent Read More

Highlights from Higher Ed: Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Applications, “Lost” Students and Safety

Hispanic-serving institutions on the rise The American Council on Education reports that Hispanic students are one of the fastest growing demographic groups in higher education. According to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, there are 569 total Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs), representing approximately 17% of Read More

Engineering Education Vantage Points: Insights from Natacha DePaola, Ph.D.

Engineering education advocate and EngineeringCAS Advisory Board member Natacha DePaola, Ph.D., shares her perspective on the future of engineering in this live, 30-minute interview. After years of trying to do “less with more,” many engineering admissions leaders learned the hard way in 2020 that doing Read More

Highlights from Higher Ed: Adult Learners, Workplace Success, Social Justice and Transfers

Unique initiatives demonstrate demand among adult learners After the Coronavirus outbreak last year, the state of Michigan introduced a free college program for frontline workers called Futures for Frontliners, anticipating approximately 15,000 applicants. Instead, 120,000 people applied. "It was kind of a proof point, if Read More

Reaching New Heights of Graduate Admissions Success: GradCAS™ Continues Growth in 2020

More applicants and more institutions create another “win-win” year for grad programs. For the second consecutive year, Liaison’s GradCAS™ — the Centralized Application Service (CAS™) for graduate schools and programs — experienced impressive growth. And the momentum it generated in recent years continues to build Read More

Highlights from Higher Ed: Vaccine Requirements, Community Colleges, Face-to-Face Fall Learning and Technology

At least 12 schools will require vaccinations Duke University has become at least the twelfth U.S. higher ed institution to announce COVID-19 vaccine requirements for students and staff in the fall. However, the new policy will allow exemptions for medical and religious reasons. The decision Read More

Pandemic or Not, St. Cloud State Is “Getting More, Better and Earlier Applicants”

St. Cloud State University has managed to achieve the type of impressive growth during the pandemic that most higher-ed institutions could only dream about, including new graduate student enrollment increases of 10% in Summer 2020, 8% in Fall 2020 and 25% in Spring 2021.  According Read More

Highlights from Higher Ed: Teens’ Plans, Employers’ Opinions, FAFSA Completions and Fiscal Woes

Teens are shelving college plans One in four recently surveyed high school graduates said they have put their college plans on hold due to the financial impact COVID-19 has had on their families. Among high school juniors and seniors, 12% said they plan to delay Read More

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