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Is America’s Love Affair with College Fading Away?

Updated enrollment figures from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show that college enrollment levels are continuing to fall

Data just released by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that enrollment in American colleges and universities is continuing to fall:

  • Undergraduate enrollment in American colleges fell by 3.1 percent in the year preceding fall 2021, a loss of 465,300 students.
  • Enrollment losses show a two-year decline of 5.1 percent or a loss of 938,000 students since fall 2019.
  • The largest numerical drops occurred at public four-year institutions, where 251,400 students (or 3.8% of total enrollment) were lost. But the steepest percentage decline occurred at private for-profit four-year colleges, which lost 65,600 students (or 11.1% of enrollment.)

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High School Counselor Brooke Kupcho Discuss Career Planning for Her Students and the Student Research Foundation

High School Counselor Brooke Kupcho Discusses How Her Students Build an Identity of Success

Brooke Kupcho is a student counselor in Helena Montana. In a recent video with the Student Research Foundation, she shared her insights on the process of helping students develop the self-efficacy that leads to better career choices.

You will want to watch the entire video. Here are some edited portions of what Brooke had to say.

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High School Teacher Esther Brunat Talks about Career Planning for the Student Research Foundation

High School Teacher Esther Brunat on How Math Equips Students for the Future

Video to Watch . . .

We recently spoke with high school math teacher Esther Brunat about the critical role that math can play in preparing students for success.

Ms. Brunat, who teaches high school math, algebra II, and trigonometry in Texas, is impassioned about the role that math studies play in equipping her students for a variety of critically important careers that will help the world.

You’ll want to watch this video. Here are some edited portions of what Ms. Brunat told the Student Research Foundation. Read more

English Teacher Daina Petronis talks about the Student Research Foundation

Toronto English Teacher Daina Petronis Explains How Student Attitudes Can Increase their Career Options

Daina Petronis, who teaches high school English in Toronto, recently offered some insightful observations on how student attitudes can affect their readiness to make good career decisions and lead better lives.

She shared her views in a new Student Research Foundation video we know you will want to watch. Read more

High School Teacher Trevor Muir talking about Student Research Foundation

Teacher Trevor Muir on Why Soft Skills Are the Most Important Career Skills of All

High school teacher Trevor Muir believes that soft skills that are developed in project-based learning could be even more vital to success in technology-intensive fields than hard skills like chemistry or mathematics.

Trevor explained why in a recent video he shared with the Student Research Foundation. Read more

Make Informed Career Choices

How Ready Are Your Students to Make Informed Career Choices?

The Student Research Foundation Invites teachers to take part in our new teacher survey on student readiness

If you teach high school, chances are one question has often been on your mind . . . Read more

McKinsey Study Predicts a New World of Work as pandemic fades

McKinsey Study Predicts a New World of Work

“The future of work after Covid-19” is a major new study conducted by McKinsey & Company. If you are eager to know how professionals, students – and virtually everyone else – should be rethinking the world of work, you will want to download and read this publication. Read more

Turning Covid into Teachable Moments

After a year of remote learning during a year of Covid-19, it will come as no surprise that some students are going to find it difficult to go back into classrooms this year.

Some teachers have decided that one way to help students make that transition is to give them opportunities to process the experience of the last year by journaling, creating videos, and engaging in other forms of creative self-expression. Read more

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Study Finds that Most Students Are Too Optimistic about Their Majors’ Earning Potential

How much money can you expect to earn after you complete the coursework for your major and graduate college? Do you really know what your earning potential will be?

According to “Labor Market Expectations and Major Choice for Low-Income, First-Generation College Students: Evidence from an Information Experiment,” a study conducted in 2017 by Alexander I. Ruder (University of South Carolina and Rutgers) and Michelle Van Noy (Rutgers), many students, especially those who come from lower income backgrounds, are overly optimistic about how much they will earn. Ruder and Van Noy polled 2,965 students and determined that students who grew up in financially disadvantaged circumstances were especially prone to overestimate the potential earnings that their major and college degree would enable them to earn. Read more

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Are These Radical Changes About to Affect American Higher Education?

As you have noticed, American higher education has just gone through a period of cataclysmic change. Can you think of another four-year period when colleges have removed the names of their slave-holding founders from buildings, and when students have been expected to continue to pay full tuition while attending classes remotely?

Those are only two of the changes we have seen, some of which we have come to accept as a new and normal way of educating students. They are very big changes.

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