As Michigan’s only statewide organization focused solely on college access and success, MCAN is working directly on behalf of Michigan’s higher education institutions — community colleges and public universities, as well as independent colleges and universities — on a Rapid Response Enrollment Taskforce to help stave off the looming COVID-19 college enrollment crisis.
As of December 17, the National Student Clearinghouse reports that undergraduate enrollment is down in Michigan 9.2% in comparison to what it was last year at this time. This is the second largest percentage drop for total enrollment from 2019 to 2020 of any state across the country. Nationwide, immediate college enrollment of high school graduates fell 21.7% this fall, which is 8 times the drop from last year (2.8%). For students from low-income schools, this number is much worse, with immediate college enrollment down 29.2%. That number is 26.4% for students from high-minority schools and 32.6% for students from high-poverty schools. Based on those percentages, an estimated 1 out of 5 high school graduates who would have gone to college this year didn’t, and that number is almost 1 out of 3 for graduates from high-poverty schools.
COVID-19 has caused difficulty in college recruitment and enrollment, including an inability to do in-person college fairs, lack of student information due to decreased SAT testing, and difficulty visiting schools to recruit.
To help mitigate this, MCAN has created a survey to allow students to directly submit their information to be contacted by higher education representatives. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and collects basic information such as name, contact information, estimated GPA, and areas of academic/scholarship interest.
We will be offering an incentive for students to complete the survey by March 1, 2021. Students who submit their survey by that date will be entered in a drawing to win one of eight $50 Amazon gift cards.
If you have any questions regarding the survey, contact Kiersten Nolan.