Admissions / registrar

Will affirmative action debates end legacy admissions?

Supreme Court is likely to bar preferences based on race but not based on alumni status. But some think colleges will feel forced to abandon the latter.

Justices appear skeptical of affirmative action

Most of the Supreme Court appears impatient for its end. But the justices appointed by Democrats made the case for the practice.

Enrollment declines continue, but at a slower rate

The decline was less steep than it has been during the pandemic, but an eagerly anticipated recovery did not materialize.

A student walks into a building labeled Campus Student Center on a sunny Los Angeles campus

How colleges can better recruit minority students

At NACAC meeting, educators share tips for how colleges can land a diverse student body. And others caution about what not to do.

New study asks what high school students think of the liberal arts

New study shows most high school seniors have little idea.

'U.S. News' changes policy on testing

Magazine announces that it won’t punish colleges where few students submit scores; Columbia admits to providing incorrect information for past rankings.

Understanding enrollment declines and what's ahead: Key podcast


Two national experts explore why community colleges have lost students, whether and when enrollments are likely to start climbing again, and how institutions should respond.

Joe Garcia, a white man with a goatee, and Nate Johnson, a bald white man with glasses.

Understanding today's and tomorrow's learners and their mind-sets

As most colleges see their historical pool of students shrink, here’s a framework for understanding what motivates potential learners from 16 to 65 and what they want from institutions.

Why is mindset-based segmentation important? Slide shows Ozzy Osbourne and Prince Charles and compares the ways they are similar and different.

Direct admissions takes off with individual colleges

At West Texas A&M, at Minnesota’s colleges and with the Common App, colleges are dropping applications as a requirement to be admitted.

NSC report shows total enrollment down by 4.1 percent

New data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show total enrollment declined 4.1 percent since last spring. Community colleges are once again the sector hit the hardest.

Students wearing masks are spread out in the seats of a lecture hall, with empty seats between them.


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