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Two-Minute Take: Drop In College Enrollment

Since the start of the pandemic, college enrollment has been down by nearly a million students and by nearly 3 million over the last decade. Learn what three things we need to keep an eye on as data continues to emerge.

Article by Justine Taylor-Raymond January 25, 2022 //   1 minute read

Since the start of the pandemic, college enrollment has been down by nearly a million students and by nearly 3 million over the last decade. Justine Taylor-Raymond, Deputy Director of the Bush Institute Education Reform Initiative, shares what three things we need to monitor:

1) Are Americans heading into the workforce and seeking jobs that have high growth and opportunity?

2) Is this a culture change or a short-term shift? FAFSA applications can be one of the ways to determine this.

3) Declining community college enrollment may indicate individuals are seeking immediate wages vs. long-term success.

The Bush Institute has been exploring if young Americans are on track for prosperous, self-determined lives. By examining education and workforce data, we've developed a tool examining how each state is preparing the next generation. 

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