The Future of Higher Education | Enrollment Struggle

The enrollment rates in colleges have decreased compared to pre-pandemic levels. Even more alarming is that the number of undergraduate credential completions dropped for the first time in ten years during the 2021-2022 academic year.

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A Lumina Foundation and Gallup survey revealed that over 40% of college students have contemplated dropping out of their academic programs within six months.

  • 47% report they have considered enrolling in a bachelor’s degree, associate degree, industry certification, or certificate program in the past two years, like the 44% who said so in 2021.
  • 61% of those who stopped out of a postsecondary program report they have recently considered re-enrolling.

It is stated that associate degrees and short-term credentials are still the most considered pathways for the unenrolled. These two pathways are most popular with unenrolled women and those aged 25 and older.

Cost is still the biggest obstacle!

Cost and other financial factors are the chief barriers for the unenrolled. Unenrolled students tended to prefer associate degrees and short-term programs over bachelor’s degrees. Of the adults who considered re-enrolling in the last two years, 40% considered pursuing an associate degree, and another 40% said they wanted a certificate.

With the cost of traditional education skyrocketing, many students are turning to online education as a more affordable option. Online. Affordable. Success-Oriented.

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We provide the opportunity for an Associate in Applied Science in Construction, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Construction, and a Master of Applied Science in Prefabrication, Modular, and Offsite Construction, allowing students to gain marketable construction and leadership skills while enjoying the fullness of a 2- or 4-year degree. In addition, with our Trial 5 Program, students can try five weeks of college at no cost!


Dr. Jodi Vermaas
Founder I Disruptor I Mother of 12


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