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Enrollments Up at University of California, Massachusetts Community Colleges

Plus, a follow suggestion on LinkedIn. Plus, a study in Indiana.

Issue 4

In-State Enrollment Ticks Up at University of California System

According to local reporting, undergraduate enrollment has picked up handsomely at one of the nation’s flagship public university systems.

From the reports:

the freshman class had 42,058 Californians — or about 2,000 more than the previous fall. In addition to the uptick in first-years, UC enrolled more returning in-state sophomores, juniors and seniors than the previous year.

Overall, UC enrolled 194,571 California resident undergraduates — or 4,145 more than fall 2022, a jump of more than two percent.

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Their posts are great resources for news and developments in enrollment and marketing.

Heart+Mind Strategies to Lead Study of Enrollment in Indiana

Indiana has used a grant to hire Heart+Mind Strategies to study enrollment trends and factors in Indiana, according to reporting there.

Indiana currently ranks 31st in the nation in the college-going rate for high school students and 21st in the nation in first-time undergraduate enrollment for adults. The commission wants Indiana to become a top 10 state in post-high school training and education by 2030.

According to the reporting:

Heart+Mind Strategies was founded in 2008. It has previously conducted research on behalf of Strada Education Network, Pearson and Western Governors University.

WBUR Looks at New Aid Program for Community Colleges in Massachusetts

WBUR, the well-regarded public radio station, has a story on MassReconnect, the state program of free tuition and fees for residents over 25 without college degrees.

The good news is that it’s working. The bad news is that it’s working.

Overall, the entire state community college system saw an enrollment increase of 8% in the fall.

“People [are] saying how life changing this money will be for them,” said Jason Marsala, dean of enrollment services at North Shore Community College, where enrollment was up 10% last fall from a year ago.

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