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What does “enrollment decline” mean for your homeschooler?

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We know that the pandemic hit higher education in unimaginable ways. It will take decades to see a full recovery, but this is the 5th semester with demonstrated DECLINE in numbers. What does the enrollment decline mean for your homeschooler? Lots of good things.

Higher education trends matter, at least in a “big picture” way, because college and university leadership react to those trends, and it impacts important things like admissions, financial aid, scholarships, and marketing. As your teen approaches high school graduation, you’re at the front of these changes. In today’s National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s Update on Higher Education Enrollment, we continue to see the enrollment pressure in *almost every segment. See the full report

Community College

Community College is the only segment insider higher education that is not in “a freefall” of decline. In the Homeschooling for College Credit community, we have an enormous percentage of our parents choose dual enrollment, and this frequently takes place inside a community college system. Logic follows that parents can do the math. If they can arrange English 101 for their teen instead of waiting and paying a premium at a 4-year university, they see the benefits.

Dual enrollment across the country is UP. Dual enrollment now represents 15-20% of a community college’s total enrollment. Dual enrollment has seen year over year growth in programs offered through high schools as well as through the college directly. It’s reasonable that instead of moving immediately to a 4-year university right after high school, teens are sticking around at the community college to earn as much credit as possible before moving over to the “expensive” program to finish a degree. Choosing a community college for lower level general education courses can make the difference between cash flowing college and taking on big student loan debt.

Benefits for Homeschoolers

Benefits to the Colleges

Because there’s been a massive decline in older adult enrollment, the growth of dual enrollment seems to be almost propping up new student growth for community colleges,” he said. “I think what this shows is that dual enrollment is going to be a really important constituency for community colleges to think about as part of their institutional strategy.

John Fink, a senior research associate at the Community College Research Center of Teachers College at Columbia University

Other Findings

the lesson this semester is that institutions can’t rely on a “natural rebound” from the pandemic. Between the shift to online learning, worsening economic hardships and heightened skepticism about the value of higher education, Dawley said colleges and universities will have to adapt to a new normal for prospective applicants.

Kathy Dawley, recruitment and enrollment educational consulting firm

For HS4CC Parents

62% is the national 6-year college completion rate, counting all students at all institutions.

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