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Two-Minute Take: Drop In College Enrollment

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Justine Taylor-Raymond
Deputy Director, Education
George W. Bush Institute

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.

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.