Improving Student Success at Public Colleges and Universities Amid Population Growth and Increasing Diversity

For many public colleges and universities located in the South and West, state demographic projections forecast growing numbers of high school graduates and greater student diversity than ever before. Most of the high school graduates that pursue college opportunities will attend colleges and universities in the public sector. For Southern and Western states to meet future workforce needs, it remains essential that public higher education leaders pursue strategies that provide the structure, support and resources necessary to help these students succeed in college.


The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) are co-hosted a webinar that explored the changing demographics of the South and West from the perspective of higher education. The webinar featured the findings of WICHE’s new Knocking at the College Door report, with a focus on the changing demographics in these two regions. Panelists from Northern Arizona University and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, two diverse, growing campuses, highlighted their strategies aimed at increasing student success in a rapidly changing demographic environment.