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Reports

Knocking at the College Door provides useful, accurate data to plan for the coming years. These reports highlight various aspects of the data and insights into the implications of the changing demographics facing the nation.

Presentations

 

Fewer Students, More Diversity: The Shifting Demographics of High School Graduates

WICHE’s 9th edition of Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates, released in December 2016, describes substantial demographic changes among U.S. youth for the next 15 years with critical implications for higher education, including:

·         How might states, colleges, and universities adjust (or reconsider) duplicate or undersubscribed programs as college-aged populations flatten or (as in the Midwest and Northeast) even shrink?

·         As minority high school students move toward being the majority (by the 2030s), are higher education institutions fully prepared to support racial and ethnic diversity, student success, and programming oriented toward shifting populations? 

·         With college-age populations growing in Southern states more than other regions, how might interstate migration and resident/nonresident tuition-setting be affected?

·         Are Western colleges and universities, used to inexorable population growth, prepared for a new reality?

These and other potential implications are suggested by the first edition of a new WICHE report series, Data Insights, titled, Fewer Students, More Diversity: The Shifting Demographics of High School Graduates. This is the first of several 2017 WICHE publications that will drill down on data highlights from the 2016 edition of Knocking on the College Door, the quadrennial WICHE publication that reflects the most complete available snapshot of U.S. college-age demographics.

 

Knocking at the College Door (9th Edition)

One of the most widely cited sources of comprehensive and reliable data on the future size and composition of high school graduating classes throughout the nation, WICHE’s ninth edition of Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates (December 2016) examines data on public and private schools and projects the number of high school graduates for the nation, four geographic regions, the 50 states, and the District of Columbia. And, for the first time, WICHE also includes projections for Guam and Puerto Rico. Knocking also presents projections for public high school graduates, disaggregated by race/ethnicity.

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