BOULDER, Colo. – The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education has released COVID-19 and Public School Enrollments and Graduates, a follow-up analysis to the Knocking at the College Door report.
Released in December 2020, the data in WICHE’s Knocking at the College Door 10th edition of high school graduate projections predated the pandemic. This new report reviews public high school enrollment and graduate data from the last two years, simulates the possible impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on future high school graduate trends, and highlights the need to support the large and diverse cohorts of potential college students as the nation and many states face declines in the number of graduates beginning in the mid-2020s.
Visit www.knocking.wiche.edu to access the full report (online and PDF versions), data, charts and more.
Since 1953, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has been strengthening higher education, workforce development, and behavioral health throughout the region. As an interstate compact, WICHE partners with states, territories, and postsecondary institutions to share knowledge, create resources, and develop innovative solutions that address some of our society’s most pressing needs. From promoting high-quality, affordable postsecondary education to helping states get the most from their technology investments and addressing behavioral health challenges, WICHE improves lives across the West through innovation, cooperation, resource sharing, and sound public policy. WICHE members include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the U.S. Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States (specifically the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands).