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Drop in college enrollment threatens to cause long-term economic, social consequences

A sharp and persistent decline in the number of Americans going to college — down by nearly a million since the start of the pandemic, according to newly released figures, and by nearly 3 million over the last decade — could alter American society for the worse.

January 22, 2022 | Washington Post
Graduation rates dip across U.S. as pandemic stalls progress

High school graduation rates dipped in at least 20 states after the first full school year disrupted by the pandemic, suggesting the coronavirus may have ended nearly two decades of nationwide progress toward getting more students diplomas.

January 24, 2022 | Chalkbeat
Put Down Your No. 2 Pencils. Forever.

The SAT will go completely digital by 2024 amid questions about whether college admissions tests are fair, or even necessary.

January 25, 2022 | New York Times
Black youth face rising rates of depression, anxiety, suicide

Nearly everyone has experienced a degree of anxiety or depression due to the pandemic. But for young Black people also confronting persistent racism and ever-widening inequities, the current moment has led to an acute crisis in mental health.

January 25, 2022 | EdSource
Which types of institutions offer low-income students the greatest ROI?

Public colleges that primarily grant bachelor's degrees offer low-income students the greatest median return on their investment compared to other institution types, according to a new report from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce.

January 25, 2022 | Higher Ed Dive
Workers without degrees take 30 years to catch up to peers' starting wages, nonprofit says

Employees who develop job-related skills through pathways other than a Bachelor's degree — such as military service, training programs, bootcamps or on-the-job learning — may take some 30 years to earn a starting wage equal to what college graduates make upon entering the workforce, according to a January report by nonprofit Opportunity at Work.

January 25, 2022 | HR Dive
Newsom's education budget is opportunity for California’s workforce talent supply

Linked Learning Alliance President & CEO Anne Stanton writes that for the governor’s investment strategy to truly support students and communities, we must ensure that college and career pathways are available to the majority of California’s students and that they are implemented in tandem with K-12, higher education, and workforce readiness initiatives to provide seamless transitions and accelerated experiences that lead to good jobs.

January 25, 2022 | EdSource
California State University prepares to drop SATs and ACTs

California State University is poised to eliminate SAT and ACT standardized tests from its undergraduate admissions process, following a trend in higher education over concerns that the exams are unfair to minority and low-income students.

January 26, 2022 | Associated Press
How to Gauge Career Readiness Skills From Internships

A growing number of the country’s top colleges and universities are helping students find out how they specifically rate in these competencies by using a technology solution developed by the NACE and industrial organizational psychologists at SkillSurvey.

January 26, 2022 | WTOP