Steep declines in undergraduate enrollment during 2020 and 2021 threaten to widen existing equity gaps in college completion and career opportunities. Re-engaging students who have changed or delayed their plans for postsecondary education will require institutions to respond to the new concerns and priorities that have emerged for these young adults during the pandemic. This month our research is informed directly by 2020 and 2021 high school graduates who have reconsidered their education plans. In surveys and interviews, they shared candid feedback on the current state of education and pointed toward the solutions they need from the field.
This report builds upon a growing body of Strada research tackling the challenges disconnected learners face and offering solutions for reconnecting them with postsecondary education.