Enrollment in all sectors of higher education continued to decline this past semester, extending a trend that began during the coronavirus epidemic, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Total enrollment for the spring of 2022 is down 4.1 percent.
Recent numbers mark the fifth semester in a row of declining overall enrollment. The Spring 2020 report enumerates 17.1 million students at all levels of higher education; That number is now 15.9 million.
The decline is even more pronounced at the undergraduate level, with NSC data showing a 4.7 percent drop in enrollment for the spring of 2022. In terms of numbers, this means that graduate enrollment dropped by 662,000 students in the spring of 2022, and by about 1.4 million since its inception. According to the data published today, the epidemic in 2020.
While much of the report may be for higher education, the enrollment of newcomers for the first time is a bright spot in the latest data, with 4.2 percent or 13,700 students. This reverses the drop of 3.5 percent or 11,800 students from last spring. However, a special analysis in this year’s report broke the data of first-time newcomers ethnically, and showed a 6.5 percent drop in enrollment of black newcomers compared to last spring. Black students are the only population that has declined among newcomers for the first time.
Officials at the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center discussed the latest information during a press call on Wednesday, touching on the highlights and lows of the report.
“I am not surprised to see it moving [decline]. I’m surprised it’s getting worse, “said Doug Shapiro, executive director of research at National Student Clearinghouse. “I thought we’d see some of these fallouts start to shrink the term a bit, especially since I think there’s a general idea that we should get out of the effects of the epidemic at this point.”
The ongoing enrollment slides indicate that there is more to the epidemic than just the long-term effects.
“This suggests that there is a broader question about the value of college and in particular the concerns about student loans and payments for college and potential labor market returns,” Shapiro said.
By sector, new data shows that public community colleges have again suffered the most in enrollment, with enrollment dropping 7.8 percent compared to the spring of 2021. Public four-year colleges saw the second-largest decline, at 3.4 percent, followed by private nonprofit four-year college slides at 1.7 percent and private nonprofit four-year colleges at 0.2 percent.
Graduate student enrollment, which was previously upward, fell 0.8 percent this spring.
The number of full-time students fell 3.8 percent, while part-time enrollment fell 4.5 percent.
Looking at the states, California saw its most significant enrollment drop this spring at 8.1 percent, followed by Vermont and Washington, both with 7.2 percent slides. Although Michigan data appears to indicate a 15.5 percent drop in enrollment, a note in the NSC report indicates that these numbers may be inaccurate due to inconsistent data reporting for the year.
With the exception of states where an NSC footnote indicates that data was “affected by the re-classification of former multinational four-year-for-profit institutions” or states that submitted inconsistent data, New Hampshire experienced the highest student growth rate of 8.2 percent, according to Shapiro Online. Responsible for increased enrollment in education. Of the states where data was consistently reported, only the other five আর Arizona, Montana, South Carolina, Utah, and West Virginia প্ল plus Washington, D.C., increased by no more than 3 percent.
Some higher education observers have expressed concern in the latest National Student Clearinghouse report.
Kim Cook, CEO of the National College Attendance Network, wrote in an emailed statement, “This ongoing enrollment decline demands the immediate attention of all those who support students in high school, post-secondary institutions and the workplace.” Inside higher ed. “We are particularly concerned that inequality in college acquisition will continue for black students and community college students whose enrollment has declined at the highest rate.”
Kathy Dowley, who works on enrollment initiatives at higher education consultancy EAB, noted that while the report highlights a number of challenges for higher education, for the first time this spring, there is at least one silver line for enrollment. Semester
But the downward trend of that new class of black students is worrying, he added.
“We know that particular epidemic-related stress threatens some of our real significant progress, especially by ethnic and income-deprived children,” Dowley said. “The report is most worrying, really, for black and African American students.”