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Highlights from Higher Ed: Fewer Donations, MBA Hiring Freezes and Affordability Woes

College fundraisers anticipate “steep nosedive” in donations Donations to colleges are likely to decline over the next few years at least as dramatically as they did in the wake of the Great Recession, according to a recent survey of more than 100 development leaders. More Read More

Graduate Enrollment Without Borders: Overcoming International Challenges to Attract the World’s Best Students

For years, U.S. graduate programs enjoyed steady growth and high prioritization from overseas applicants — but now recent trends are forcing program leaders to rethink assumptions about their future classes. From shifting demographics, to a declining perception of value to unforeseeable events like the Coronavirus Read More

Highlights from Higher Ed: Enrollment Projections, 529 Plans and Transfers

Report predicts graduate and undergrad enrollment will increase over the next decade A recent report by the National Center for Education Statistics suggests that undergraduate college enrollment will rise 2% between 2018 and 2029 to 17 million students. Graduate enrollment is expected to climb 3% Read More

Indiana University School of Dentistry Gets “A Much More Efficient Way of Collecting Information”

Kelton T. Stewart, D.D.S., M.S., is an associate professor of orthodontics at the Indiana University School of Dentistry and chair of its Department of Orthodontics and Facial Genetics. He recently talked about that institution’s implementation of ADEA PASS™ (the American Dental Education Association Postdoctoral Application Read More

Highlights from Higher Ed: COVID-19, Enrollment and B-School Rankings

Declining international enrollment could cost U.S. colleges and universities at least $3 billion U.S. colleges and universities have already lost approximately $1 billion “from shortened and canceled study abroad programs” and spent another $638 million “to support international students, faculty and staff when courses moved Read More

Better Portfolios for a New Age: A Cross-Disciplinary Discussion About Helping Applicants Distinguish Themselves

In admissions, some things never change. And that’s fine. Applicants to programs in a wide variety of disciplines — ranging from the performing arts to business management to architecture and beyond — have long been required to submit portfolios of their work. That’s not going Read More
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Highlights from Higher Ed: B-school Worries, OTP in the Crosshairs and International Students

Number of potential b-school students worried about their plans skyrocketed after COVID-19 The number of potential business school students who said they are “very concerned or extremely concerned about the impact COVID-19 has on their pursuit” of graduate management education (GME) more than tripled between Read More

The New Realities of Today’s Grad Student Recruitment Messaging: Seven Insights From the 2019 NAGAP Inquiry Response Project

Every year since 2016, Liaison has conducted studies that involve submitting inquiry forms to hundreds of schools and then tracking the schools’ responsiveness to those inquiries. Data collected includes information about the timing, methods and types of responses received. The purpose is to uncover trends Read More

Study-in-Place: An Interview with a Quarantined College Senior

As college administrators throughout the country strategize their next move during these unusual times, on-campus students are dealing with a massive change in everyday life. No student has been impacted more by the at-home Spring 2020 semester than graduating seniors. Liaison recently connected with Ella Read More

Making Data-Driven Decisions in a Time of Crisis: The Postbaccalaureate Perspective

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the world of higher education already struggled with several major crises this century, including the 2001 terrorist attacks, the 2003 SARS outbreak and the Great Recession of 2008. Unfortunately, history suggests the current crisis will not be the last one Read More