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A new survey of "disengaged learners" — students who have stopped out of college — found financial reasons to be the top cause for stepping away. Among surveyed adults ages 20-34 who have college credits but are no longer enrolled, 42% cited financial reasons for leaving, 32% blamed family or personal commitments, and 30% said the college wasn't the right fit.
Just 5% of roughly 900 colleges that are members of the Common App, the online application portal, mandated test scores, falling from 11% in the 2020-21 admissions year, according to a new report.
Undergraduate enrollment sank 3.5% this fall, according to the latest data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The figures, based on almost three-fourths of institutions reporting their enrollment as of Oct. 21, are largely in line with numbers the organization released last month.
Support for community colleges with bachelor's degrees has recently been gaining more traction: seven of the 24 community college baccalaureate, or CCB, states have been authorized in the last five years, according to the report.
Total enrollment in the California Community Colleges system fell an estimated 15% year over year in 2020-21, representing an overall decline of about 319,000 students, a system representative told state lawmakers this week.
A proposed College Completion Fund draws backing as researchers say wraparound support programs are the best way to help students earn degrees.
The pandemic disrupted the world of work — and internships. But colleges and employers responded by trying new strategies online.
Workers' median earnings rise with each additional level of education, according to a new report from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce, bolstering previous research showing degrees tend to pay off in the job market.
Students from families earning up to $100,000 will now be able to freely apply to the College Board's CSS Profile, a tool used by some 300 colleges to award students institutional financial aid packages.