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:

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