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Clearinghouse Invites Colleges, Universities to Join Pilot to Help Re-Enroll Adult Students

by NSC Blog | Jan 18, 2021 | Research Reports, Research Services, Transcript & Data Exchange Services |

Research Center Reports Highlight Nationwide Enrollment Challenge

According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, 36 million Americans hold some college but no degree and are no longer enrolled. With COVID-19 and the recessions’ impact, the Research Center further highlighted this fall the nationwide enrollment challenges.

To help colleges, universities, state education departments and school boards address the challenge, the Clearinghouse invites colleges and universities to participate in a pilot project to assess how data and insights may help re-enroll former students. The pilot intends to identify the potential learners with the ability to obtain credentials, competencies, and skills to improve their future earning potential.

To achieve this goal, the Clearinghouse will work with pilot participants to assess a potential platform to re-enroll adult students who have previously stopped out or have interrupted their college coursework because of COVID-19, family needs, or other reasons.

While there are millions of students who have some college, identifying, engaging, and enrolling them is not a simple process. Several localized efforts exist to reconnect with learners. However, barriers pertaining to data availability, ambiguous messaging to students, limited staffing resources, and lack of services for returning students have hindered high impact results.

The pilot will help higher education target specific populations of learners and focus on who need the most support. Insights, like these, will build momentum and support for ongoing recruiting efforts while deploying their limited resources strategically.

Schools recruiting former students who stopped out and interested in participating in the Clearinghouse pilot should contact Tara Conrad at tconrad@studentclearinghouse.org.

“…the Clearinghouse invites colleges and universities to participate in a pilot project to assess how data and insights may help re-enroll former students.”

 

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