When it comes to college…

  • Two studies by the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research–the first of more than 40,000 students and the second on data from 9,500 faculty members—found that both groups prefer face-to-face, in-person instruction, over online instruction.
  • According to a Wall Street Journal exposé, the College Board actually sells student data, and that’s illegal in some states. The colleges buy that information, encourage kids to apply, and then reject them. This practice boosts their ratings, making them appear “exclusive.” Indeed, the Journal reports that, “For 47 cents, the College Board will sell an individual’s information, feeding the admissions frenzy.”
  • New data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that college enrollment has slipped below 18 million for the first time in 10 years, falling 1.3%–more than 231,000 students. Most affected by the drop: 4-year, for-profit schools.
  • Even worse, the Center for American Progress reports that enrollment in teacher-preparation programs dropped by 33% between 2010 and 2018, with some states seeing declines of more than 50%. Oklahoma saw an 80% drop! Plus, a recent poll found that 55% of teachers would NOT want their children to follow them into the profession, with 50% saying they’re so unhappy that they’ve considered leaving the profession. This, the face of “reform.”