What was the impact on student persistence as a result of the pandemic? Assessments were defined along two parameters: persistence and retention. Persistence measures those students who returned to any U.S. college or university for their second year. Retention is the measure of students who returned to the same institution where they began their studies. Overall persistence shrank by two percentage points to 73.9%, its lowest rate since 2012. Two percentage points might not seem like a lot, but Dr. Mikyung Ryu, director of research publications at National Student Clearinghouse said, “it’s a big deal.” “There are about 2.5 million students enrolled in higher education institutions across the U.S.,” said Ryu. “Losing 2% of students in persistence means losing roughly 70,000 students in their second year of education.” Read more here.

 

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