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Highlights from Higher Ed: Federal Relief Funds, COVID-19 and Changes to the SAT

Most private, nonprofit colleges and universities will receive no money from federal Coronavirus relief package The $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package expected to be proposed by President Joe Biden includes $35 billion earmarked for public colleges and universities as well as private institutions serving minorities Read More

Highlights from Higher Ed: COVID-19 Transmission Trends, Counseling Center Burnout and Students with Kids

How do you say “contagious” in Greek? 91% of gatherings linked to COVID-19 cases at one school were fraternity and sorority events A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report on the rapid spread of COVID-19 cases at an unnamed Arkansas university places much Read More

Highlights from Higher Ed: Student Satisfaction, Declining Transfer Enrollment and Rising Business Costs for Colleges

Vast majority of students say pandemic had a negative effect on their grades A recent survey of more than 14,000 freshman, juniors and seniors at approximately 230 colleges revealed that only 5% of those students believe the pandemic had a “positive impact” on their academic Read More

Highlights from Higher Ed: Final Enrollment Numbers, MBA Gender Parity and the Pandemic’s Effects on Students

Final fall numbers confirm plummeting community college enrollment The final National Student Clearinghouse Research Center report on enrollment during the pandemic revealed that “higher education lost about 400,000 students this fall.” Overall college enrollment declined by 2.5% — double the rate reported in fall 2019. Read More

Highlights from Higher Ed: Looming Enrollment Gaps, Post-graduation Earnings and Presidents’ Top Concerns

The soon-to-decline number of high school graduates may foreshadow a new enrollment dilemma for colleges Colleges and universities that are already struggling with lower enrollment numbers may have a bigger problem on their hands later this decade when the number of students graduating from high Read More

Highlights from Higher Ed: Visa Rule Reversals, International Students, Completion Rates and Unemployment

International students’ contributions to the economy fell by $1.8 billion last year The amount of money pumped into the U.S. economy by international students in 2019-20 declined by $1.8 billion on a year-over-year basis, to $38.7 billion, as calculated by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Read More

Highlights from Higher Ed: More Med and Law School Applications, Studying Closer to Home and the Economic Benefits of a College Education

Medical and law schools report spikes in applications The number of applications to law schools increased by 32% compared with this time last year, according to the Law School Admission Council. In addition, there are now “more applications for each applicant, with the average student Read More

Highlights from Higher Ed: International Student Trends, Harvard Ruling and Revenue Outlooks

Prospective international students say pandemic won’t change their plans to enroll in U.S. schools Approximately 50% of prospective international students surveyed in August — and 67% of prospective immigrant students — said COVID-19 has not affected their plans to enroll at U.S. colleges and universities. Read More

Highlights from Higher Ed: Data collection, MBA hiring and fewer FAFSA applications

Most admissions officers believe the pandemic will affect their ability to collect data A recent survey of admissions officers at nearly 400 colleges and universities indicates that more than 50% “believe the COVID-19 pandemic will have a profound or substantial impact on the data they Read More

Highlights from Higher Ed: Student Stress, Revenue Declines and Transfer Trends

College students are struggling with anxiety Twenty percent of recently surveyed college students said they are “constantly anxious” and 81% reported that they “are dealing with some level of anxiety.” Although most are not seeking professional help, many have made lifestyle changes to help them Read More

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