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Adult Learning
Elaine Rowles

Where Have the Adult Students Gone?

Why is adult enrollment in higher education declining? With over 117 million American adults lacking a college degree, the opportunity to tap into this vast population seems promising! We identify the sectors experiencing the most significant declines and showcase successful institutions that have attracted and graduated adult learners through tailored academic programs.

Mary Ann Romans

Sharing the Success of Growth in Higher Education

Uncover untold success stories in higher education! Join Robert Atkins’ podcast, “Grow Grow Grow: Stories of Success in Higher Education.” Explore enrollment growth, student outcomes, and visionary leadership. Gain insights from Melissa Morriss-Olson, George Burnett, and Matthew Crellin on faculty engagement, alternative credentials, and data-informed success. Embrace innovation, change, and the power of data.

International Student Demand
Elaine Rowles

Competition is Fierce: How US Colleges Can Stand Out to International Students

Although the US remains the top destination for inbound international students, it’s losing ground to foreign institutions. The good news? You can win back your fair share of foreign students by offering programs that international students want. Learn which programs are attracting the most international students and how to target high-opportunity areas for recruiting.

Emerging Programs
Mary Ann Romans

New and Emerging Academic Programs for 2023

Discover the emerging academic programs that could shake up higher education in 2023! From the Creator Economy to Energy Storage, Climate Change Adaptation, and the Science of Well-Being, these innovative emerging programs address cultural shifts, new technologies, and scientific breakthroughs that are shaping the world. Learn how early adoption of emerging programs can positively impact both students and schools, and position them for success in a changing world.

Andy Dunn

Notre Dame Football Is Independent. Should It Be?

Should the University of Notre Dame football join a conference? As the landscape of college football continues to shift, many conferences are vying to add the Fighting Irish to their ranks. However, what would be the economic impact of such a move? We took a closer look at the data behind this decision and explored the possible outcomes. From ticket sales to academic programs, learn why athletics are so important to universities and delve into the criteria that Notre Dame would need to consider before joining a conference.

Academic Programs
Monica Bilson

The Mental Health Gap: Too Few Graduates for Too Many Patients?

Recent data from Mental Health America shows that 21 percent of adults and 16 percent of youth in the US are suffering from mental health issues, yet there is a shortage of professionals to help. With an average of 350 patients per provider, the demand for mental health services is high. The question remains, will there be enough graduates to meet this demand? Our analysis of enrollment, completions, and job postings data for master’s programs in mental health counseling reveals a pressing need for higher education institutions to launch or grow programs in this field.

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