2017 August GrayReports – Student and Employer Demand Trends

Every month, Gray releases the latest student and employer demand trends in higher education.  Here are a few of the trends from August of 2017 that we released in September:

  • Online rebounded and remains a bright spot in demand for higher education. 
    • Inquiries inched down just 1% vs. a very strong month in 2016. 
    • Conversions rose 89% in May, are up for June and July, and will get better. 
  • Interest in on-ground programs continued a steep decline. 
    • Inquiries fell 12% year-over-year. 
    • Conversion fell 10% year-over-year. 
  • Budgets are shifting from trades programs to degreed programs. 
  • All large programs and cities were flat or down.

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