Knocking at the College Door provides useful, accurate data to plan for the coming years. These webinars highlight various aspects of the data and feature experts, education leaders, and others providing insights into the implications of the changing demographics facing the nation.
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Knocking at the College Door Regional Webinars
Southern Region: data & implications
Hear from WICHE staff about how, after increasing 28 percent between 2000 and 2012, the number of high school graduates in the Southern region is expected to increase another 11 percent by 2025. The South is the only region projected to produce more high school graduates by the early 2030s compared to 2012. Most of the increase in the region will come from growing Hispanic and Asian student populations. Susan Lounsbury, Director of Education Data Services, Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), Kate Akers, Executive Director, Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics, Jean Massey, Associate Superintendent for Secondary Education and Career and Technical Education, Mississippi Department of Education, and David Wright, Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy, Tennessee Higher Education Commission discuss what these trends mean for their states and offer ideas about improving educational outcomes among high school graduates.
Western Region: data & implications
Hear from WICHE staff about how, after an increase of 24 percent in the number of graduates in the West between 2000 and 2012, the total number of graduates is expected to increase by 4 percent from the class of 2013 to the class of 2024. Then, high school graduates from the West are projected to decrease 8 percent in the early 2030's. Most of the growth in the region comes from the growing Hispanic youth population, with variation across the Western states. Kim Poast with Denver Public Schools and Rod Gramer with Idaho Business for Education discuss what these trends mean for their states and offer ideas about improving educational outcomes among high school graduates.
Midwestern Region: data & implications
In this webinar hosted in collaboration with the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), you will hear that the Midwest faces steady declines in the total number of graduates in the coming years, resulting mostly from a rapidly contracting White youth population that is not offset by otherwise robust increases in the number of non-White graduates. Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio have generated about 48 percent of the region’s graduates in recent years and are a driving force of the projected trends in the Midwest. Eric Lichtenberger with the Illinois Board of Higher Education and Olga Volokhova with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development provide insights about what these trends mean for the Midwest and how to accommodate them.
Northeastern Region: Data & Implications
In this webinar hosted in collaboration with the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), you will hear that after an increase of 19 percent in the number of graduates between 2000 and 2012, the Northeast region is not expected to reach those numbers again. The declines are driven by rapid contraction in the majority White student population in numbers too large that even robust growth of non-White populations will not offset them. Ross Gittell with the New Hampshire Community College System, Nyal Fuentes with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Peter Francese, a demographics and consumer markets expert, provide their reactions about these trends and how to accommodate them.