2017 December GrayReports - Student and Employer Demand Trends

Posted by Mark Keleher on Feb 5, 2018 5:33:22 PM

Every month, Gray releases the latest student and employer demand trends in higher education.  Here are a few of the trends from December of 2017 that we released in January of 2018:

  • The 10% annual decline in student demand is slowing down a bit.
  • Online program growth slowed-almost to zero. 
  • Women are close to 60% of completions at both the Associate’s and Bachelor’s level.
  • 45% of undergraduate programs have 10 or fewer completions and produce just 7% of completions.
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2017 November GrayReports - Student and Employer Demand Trends

Posted by Mark Keleher on Jan 8, 2018 1:19:24 PM

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

  • The number of job postings from Burning Glass Technologies for Medical Insurance Specialist, the Program of the Month, have grown each year since 2012.
  • Student demand for on-campus programs is down 20% year-over-year. 
  • The number of student inquiry conversions for online programs grew for the 13th consecutive month.
  • All five of the fastest-growing programs grew 20% or more.
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2017 October GrayReports - Student and Employer Demand Trends

Posted by Mark Keleher on Nov 27, 2017 10:41:11 AM

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

  • The number of job postings from Burning Glass Technologies for Human Services, the Program of the Month, peaked in 2015.
  • 62% of job postings for Human Services cite a Bachelor's as the minimum level of required education.
  • Student demand for on-campus programs is down 15% year-over-year.
  • The number of inquirers who progressed in the application process rose by 17%.  Online programs drove most of this growth with a 31% increase in inquiry conversions.

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2017 September GrayReports - Student and Employer Demand Trends

Posted by Mark Keleher on Nov 6, 2017 11:31:29 AM

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

  • Overall student demand for higher education through September has dropped 11% in 2017.
  • The job postings for Graphic Design, the Program of the Month, since 2015 have been volatile.
  • The student demand for only one (Los Angeles) city in The Big 5 grew year-over-year.
  • Student demand for on-campus programs is down 21% year-over-year.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Associate's degree had the most completions in 2016.
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2017 August GrayReports - Student and Employer Demand Trends

Posted by Mark Keleher on Oct 2, 2017 3:08:24 PM

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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2017 July GrayReports - Student and Employer Demand Trends

Posted by Mark Keleher on Sep 1, 2017 3:55:12 PM

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

  • Overall student demand for higher education continued to decline 11%.
  • Our program of the month, Electrical and Electronics Engineering scores well using our student demand data and all three sources indicate growth.
    • Job postings data indicates a strong profession with many well-known employers and a median advertised salary of $89,000.
  • Two of the Big 5 programs grew year-over-year in July.
  • Conversions of April inquiries are 4% below last year's volume.
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2017 June GrayReports - Student and Employer Demand Trends

Posted by Mark Keleher on Jul 25, 2017 4:48:32 PM

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

  • Overall inquiry volumes continue to decline 11%
  • Conversions of March inquiries are now 2% above last year’s volume
  • Some trends are strongly diverging by segment
    • Inquiries for on-campus programs fell 10%, while inquires for online grew 21%
    • Conversions for on-campus fell 14%, but online programs are up 91%
  • Human Services was the fastest-growing program
  • June’s Program of the Month was based on it’s strong employment opportunities
    • Operations Management and Supervision scores well using our employment data
    • It also appears to be a strong profession, with growing employer demand and many advertised salaries over $50,000
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2017 May GrayReports - Student and Employer Demand Trends

Posted by Mark Keleher on Jul 12, 2017 12:46:46 PM

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

  • Overall inquiry volumes continued to decline 8%

  • External inquiries dropped 10%, and Branded inquiries also dropped 7%.

  • Medical Coding was the fastest-growing program.

  • Employment related to Public Relations has recently grown.

    •  Public Relations was also one of the fastest-growing programs in terms of Google Search Volumes. 

    • It also appears to be a strong profession, with many advertised salaries over $50,000

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2017 April GrayReports - Student and Employer Demand Trends

Posted by Mark Keleher on May 29, 2017 10:27:00 AM

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

  • Overall inquiry volumes continue to decline 15%. 
  • But, a few trends are diverging by segment.
    • Student demand for on-campus programs fell 18%, while student demand for online programs grew 4%.
    • Conversions on-campus fell 17%, but online conversions are up close to 70%.
  • Mature Learners are an emerging segment with unusual interests. 
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2017 March GrayReports - Student and Employer Demand Trends

Posted by Mark Keleher on Apr 24, 2017 2:02:00 PM

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

  • Overall inquiry volumes continue to decline 8%. 
  • But, trends are strongly diverging by segment.
    • External inquiries dropped 15%, but Branded inquiries rose 8%.
    • Inquiries for on-campus programs fell 11%, while inquiries for online jumped 21%.
    • Conversions on-campus fell 20%, but online programs are up over 50%. 
  • Human Services continues to be the fastest-growing program.
  • Employment for Liberal Arts majors is more promising than thought.
    • Liberal Arts graduates are employed in many fields.
    • Median salaries for many programs are above the national average.
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