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In New International Enrollment Data, a Rebound — and a Reality Check

Everything you need to know about the latest Open Doors report.
Race on Campus

Does Diversity Improve Grades?

What the research says about the benefits of racial diversity on academic performance.
The Review

The Cure for Overeating? Repentance.

If you’re stuffed with Thanksgiving stuffing, pick up a Puritan sermon.
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  • Higher Ed’s Digital Future: Research Universities

    UPCOMING: December 6, 2022 | 2 p.m. ET: Hybrid and virtual courses improved accessibility for students, especially nontraditional ones, during the pandemic. In the final installment of this three-part series, a panel of experts will discuss the future of tech in higher ed. With Support From Verizon. Register here.
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    UPCOMING: December 8, 2022 | 2 p.m. ET: In a national survey by The Chronicle, 57 percent of administrators said their colleges lacked policies and systems to govern a contemporary workplace. Join us to discuss what provosts, deans, and department chairs can do to improve employee morale and related issues. With Support From ModernThink. Register here.
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    ON DEMAND: Higher ed faces an unprecedented decline in trust. What can colleges do to revitalize their missions, better promote their value, and reconnect with the public? Chronicle journalists interview leading thinkers. With Support From Workday, Adobe, and Pushkin. Watch on demand.
The Enrollment Crunch: A Special Report
Disappearing Students

The Shrinking of Higher Ed

In the past, colleges grew their way out of enrollment crises. This time looks different.

Nearly 1.3 million students have disappeared from American colleges since the pandemic began. That contraction comes at a precarious moment for the sector. Inflation is driving up costs and straining budgets, stock-market volatility is reducing endowment returns, and federal stimulus funds are running out.

Why is the enrollment crunch happening now? How are colleges responding? What might turn things around? Those are the questions fueling this special report.
  • Stopping the Slide

    A community college, a public regional, and a small private institution try to innovate their way out of yearslong enrollment declines.
  • Finishing What They Started

    As the number of traditional-age students shrinks, educators strive to re-enroll the 39 million Americans who left without a credential.
  • The Perilous Predicament of the Very Small College

    Many campuses with fewer than 1,000 students survived the pandemic on fumes. What’s next?
  • Whither Black Enrollment?

    After more than a century of Black activists’ fight for college access, Black enrollment this past decade has tumbled at an alarming rate.
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