Upcoming Research: Transfer Report, May 3; and Some College, No Credential Report, May 10
To plan for enrollment recruiting strategies, institutions should look to the upcoming COVID-19 Transfer, Mobility, and Progress Report, which will be released on Tuesday, May 3; and the “Some College, No Credential Student Outcomes, Annual Progress Report—Academic Year 2020-21,” which will be shared on Tuesday, May 10.
The COVID-19 Transfer, Mobility, and Progress Report series, with support from Ascendium Education Group and ECMC Foundation, identifies changes in student transfer pathways that are attributable to the pandemic by using historical data as the pre-pandemic baseline and the Clearinghouse’s current enrollment data.
In January, the Research Center’s analysis showed that postsecondary transfer enrollment stabilized in fall 2021 following a precipitous decline a year earlier, with a drop of less than 1% (-11,300 students) compared to a 9.2% decline (-137,000 students) in fall 2020.
Meanwhile, the upcoming “Some College, No Credential Student Outcomes, Annual Progress Report—Academic Year 2020-21,” with support from Lumina Foundation and the third in a series, quantifies the “some college, no credential” population growth over time and identifies their educational and demographic characteristics.
This year, the Research Center introduces three new metrics for tracking progress among “some college, no credential” students annually:
- “Re-Enrollment” after a stop-out;
- Completion of “First Credential;” and
- “Perseverance” as indicated by continuous enrollment beyond first re-enrollment.
The Research Center will report these outcomes both for the nation and by state, with details on student subgroups categorized by gender, age, and race/ethnicity.
In October 2019, the United States saw nearly one million former students, in just five years, return to postsecondary education and earn their first undergraduate credential, according to the report, “Some College, No Degree: A 2019 Snapshot for the Nation and 50 States.” In 2014, the first report in this series was released.
By providing the most up-to-date information for free, the Research Center enables schools, institutions, organizations, and policymakers to better adapt and serve students, particularly those from the most vulnerable populations, during the pandemic and beyond.
Watch for these two research reports on May 3 and May 10!