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“Institutions in places like Massachusetts and New York and Illinois are going to be really challenged to maintain enrollments,” said Joseph Garcia, president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, whose research on this topic is the industry gold standard. “There are just not going to be enough wealthy, full-paying students to go around.”
Mental illness is a pressing concern on college campuses, said Liza Tupa, a director for WICHE. An estimated 11 percent to 20 percent of students are diagnosed with mental illness, and of those, 64 percent withdraw, she said.
Imagine if 5 percent to 10 percent of students were dropping out due to another health crisis, such as vision, Tupa said. She figured campuses would act expeditiously.
"They would immediately get going with vision screenings and assistance for treatment and glasses and you name it. But it's not happening. It's not being talked about at this level," Tupa said.
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, or WICHE, has launched a new collaboration of Native-Serving Institutions that is hoped to benefit more than five million people in the country who identify as Native American.
Funded by the Lumina Foundation, an Indiana higher education nonprofit, the initiative was officially launched in December. It is part of a three-year, $990,000 grant that will help cultivate a network within the 26 colleges and universities that have at least 10 percent Native students in their student populations.