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September 1, 2021

Why Is College Enrollment is Dropping? There’s More to It Than the Pandemic

College enrollment is at an all time low. In 2021, spring enrollment fell from 17.5 million to 16.9 million (a 3.5% drop) across colleges of all sectors.* 3.5% may seem small, but it accounts for 603,000 students. That number is seven times lower than the year before (National Student Clearinghouse). Why? There are all sorts […]

August 5, 2021

Grad Students Aren’t Getting the Support They Need

When we think about supporting college students, undergraduates are usually the focus. Graduate programs are less likely to offer robust support services at the same level that undergraduates receive. Why does the support experience greatly differ between the two? College is College, Right? The transitions from high school to college and college to a career […]

July 22, 2021

5 Ways to Improve Equity in Higher Education

Hundreds of studies show that low-income, first-generation, and minority students finish school at lower rate than students who are in the majority. It has nothing to do with intellect and everything to do with opportunity. Historically, students who have previous college exposure or parents to lean on for advice have an advantage from the moment […]

July 12, 2021

Why the Harvard and MIT edX Sale Is a Win for Everyone

Harvard and MIT have been collaborating on edX since 2012 to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) to improve learning. 2U is a publicly traded education technology company who plans to buy the edX assets for $800 million in cash. Harvard and MIT plan to invest the proceeds toward addressing educational inequalities and improving learning […]

June 29, 2021

A Second Freshmen Class: Helping Sophomores Navigate College After a Year Online

New freshmen starting school in the fall aren’t the only incoming students this year. In a sense, first-year students are about to double in population as incoming sophomores wrap up a year of remote learning. Some sophomores have yet to set foot on campus while others have only experienced college on a micro level through […]

June 22, 2021

The One Thing Missing from Higher Ed Software Apps

Digital apps are a huge technological and financial investment for higher education institutions. When too many are thrown into the mix, it can create a complex network of communication pathways and accounts to manage, leaving students overwhelmed or unsure where to find help. More Isn’t Always Better Apps like Canvas, Blackboard, People Grove, VMock, Handshake, […]

June 14, 2021

Why Every College Student Needs a Mentor

Most college students don’t have a mentor and don’t know how to find one. Only 25% of students strongly agree they’ve had a mentor who encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams. Of that 25%, 64% say that mentor was a professor. Only 10% say that mentor was a college or university staff member […]

June 3, 2021

Is Your University’s Website Truly Student-Friendly?

Imagine this: You just got accepted to college and need to apply for financial aid. You type in collegename.edu to look for financial aid information, and the website pops up. There are 10 tabs. There are eight subcategories under each tab, then more subcategories under each subcategory. You scroll through a long home page with […]

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