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

This webinar was hosted in collaboration with the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). 

Knocking at the College Door, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s projections of high school graduates, shows that the South is the only U.S. region that will see significant and steady increases in the number of high school graduates in the near future.  While the West will see slight increases, the Northeast and the Midwest will continue experiencing declines in the number of high school graduates, the WICHE report projects. 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. Hear from one of the authors of Knocking at the College Door and experts from the SREB region about how the changing demographics facing the South could affect K-12 enrollments, college demand and access, workforce trends, and state and institutional decision-making. Featuring:

  • Demarée Michelau, Vice President, Policy Analysis and Research, WICHE
  • Susan Lounsbury, Director of Education Data Services, 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
  • David Wright, Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy, Tennessee Higher Education Commission
 

Western Region: data & implications

After an increase of 24 percent in the number of graduates in the West between 2000 and 2012, the total number of high school graduates is expected to increase by 4 percent from the class of 2012 to the class of 2024, followed by a decrease of 8 percent by 2032. Most of the growth in the region comes from a growing Hispanic population, with variation across the Western states. The webinar panelists provide insight on these data and other Western regional trends. Speakers:

  • Peace Bransberger, Senior Research Analyst, WICHE 
  • Rod Gramer, Executive Director, Idaho Business for Education 
  • Kim Poast, Executive Director, Office of College and Career Readiness, Denver Public Schools
 

Midwestern Region: data & implications

This webinar was hosted in collaboration with the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC).

Knocking at the College Door, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s (WICHE) projections of high school graduates, shows that the Midwest faces steady declines in the total number of graduates in the coming years. Most of the decline in the region comes from a rapidly contracting White youth population that is not offset by 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. Hear from one of the authors of Knocking at the College Door and experts from the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) region about how the changing demographics facing the Midwest could affect K-12 enrollments, college demand and access, workforce trends, and state and institutional decision-making. Featuring:

  • Peace Bransberger, Senior Research Analyst, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
  • Eric Lichtenberger, Deputy Director, Information Management and Research, Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • Olga Volokhova, Business & Workforce Studies - Data Team Manager, Indiana Department of Workforce Development
 

Northeastern Region: Data & Implications

This webinar was hosted in collaboration with the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE).

Knocking at the College Door, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s (WICHE) projections of high school graduates, shows that while the South and West will see slight increases, the Northeast and the Midwest will continue experiencing declines in the number of high school graduates. Specifically, in the Northeast, after an increase of 19 percent in the number of graduates between 2000 and 2012, the total number of graduates is not expected to increase after the class of 2012. Most of the decline in the region comes from a decreasing White youth population, with variation across the Northeastern states. Hear from one of the authors of Knocking at the College Door and experts from the Northeastern region about how the changing demographics could affect K-12 enrollments, college demand and access, workforce trends, and state and institutional decision-making. Featuring:

  •  Peace Bransberger, Senior Research Analyst, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
  • Nyal Fuentes, College and Career Readiness Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Ross Gittell, Chancellor, New Hampshire Community College System
  • Peter Francese, Demographics and Consumer Markets Expert