Higher Education Trends

Social, economic, political, and other environmental influences on the culture and business processes of institutions of higher learning.

Colleges Scramble to Recruit Students as Enrollment Plunges

The Washington Post recently reported that enrollment at colleges nationwide "has shrunk more than five percent since 2019." However, the impact has been greater on regional colleges and universities that serve disadvantaged students. For example, institutions in the western region of Pennsylvania have been affected by stagnant population growth, the pandemic, and increasing wages that make working a more appealing option than studying.

Report on the Condition of Education

The Condition of Education is an annual report mandated by the U.S. Congress that summarizes the latest data on education in the United States. This report uses data collected by various sources such as the National Center for Education Statistics. It is designed to help policymakers and the public monitor educational progress.

The Condition of Education website allows users to explore the data by indicator topics and subgroups: Condition of Education (COE)/Home.