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Today’s Disengaged Learner is Tomorrow’s Adult Learner

In a recent blog post, I wrote about Aaron Basko’s Chronicle of Higher Education article in which he suggested that colleges might be overthinking how to improve student retention.

Thinking about Mr. Basko’s observations and recommendations reminded me of a Straighterline and UPCEA study released in November titled Today’s Disengaged Learner is Tomorrow’s Adult Learner.

What Works Best to Improve Retention

What Works Best to Improve Retention – Analyzing and Designing an Individualized Approach or Focusing on Helping Students Be Successful?

In the December 10, 2021 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aaron Basko authored an Insight article titled Have We Gotten Student Success Completely Backward? The article’s subtitle, “Instead of fretting over why students might leave, colleges need to focus on why they’ll stay,” provides an excellent lead-in for the points that follow.

Dual Credit Programs – Are They Good Enough and Growing Fast Enough?

I’ve been a fan of dual credit programs for a long time. In fact, I’ve written about dual enrollment programs at community colleges across the U.S. and in Texas.

Inside Higher Ed published an article this week about the dual credit system in Indiana. Indiana’s system confirms that for dual credit to work, there need to be policies supporting course transfer and certificate and degree articulation.

Student Persistence: A Decline for Spring 2021 Enrollments?

The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) provides enrollment reporting from colleges and universities that educate approximately 97% of all college students. Several times a year, they issue reports utilizing the aggregated data submitted by its institutional members. Last week, the NSC issued a report about college student persistence that looks at the enrollment and re-enrollment data from the Fall 2019 first-time freshmen.

Should Elite Universities or Other Universities Enroll a Million Students?

In a recently published article in Forbes, Brandon Busteed makes the provocative statement that elite universities should enroll a million students. Busteed opens his article by writing that the Ivy Plus colleges (the Ivy League plus the University of Chicago, MIT, Stanford, and Duke) produce the highest social mobility success rate, with nearly 60 percent of their students from the bottom quintile of income distribution moving to the top quintile after graduating. (Note: Just 3.8 percent of students from the bottom quintile of income distribution are enrolled at these institutions.)

Undergraduate Degree Earners Remain Steady in 2020

In a newly issued report, the National Student Clearinghouse reported that the total of 3.7 million new undergraduate degree earners was flat in the 2019-2020 academic year for the first time in eight years. Even more alarming, while the total numbers remained the same, the number of first-time graduates decreased 1 percent (26,000), while non-first-time completers continued to increase by 2.7 percent.