Webinars

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 various experts, education leaders, and others providing insights into the implications of the changing demographics facing the nation.


The Knocking at the College Door regional webinar series highlights data and implications of the high school graduate projections within the nation's four geographical regions.

 
 

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Knocking at the College Door: Data and Implications for the Southern RegioN

Hosted in collaboration with the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)

Thursday, February 23, 2017
1:30 pm mountain standard time

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.

Speakers:

Demarée Michelau, Vice President, Policy Analysis and Research, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
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
David Wright, Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy, Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Knocking at the College Door: Data and Implications for the Midwestern Region

Hosted in collaboration with the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC)

Thursday, March 2, 2017
1:30 pm mountain standard time

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.

Speakers:
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 & WorkforceStudies - Data Team Manager, Indiana Department of Workforce Development

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Knocking at the College Door: Data and Implications for the Northeastern Region

Hosted in collaboration with the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
1:30 pm mountain standard time

 
 
 

Past Webinars

 

 

Data and Implications for the Western Region

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.