Black students offered Nearpeer to connect with others at California State University, Northridge were nearly 17% more likely to enroll, complete their first year and return in fall 2023 for the new academic year, according to a report.
Despite the firm resolve of institutions to maintain similar student diversity benchmarks, nearly half (45%) said they were concerned about the difficulty of recruiting and retaining a diverse body, according to a new report by Acuity Insights.
While holistic review can be interpreted differently depending on the institution, there is one common thread that links them. Bonus: Schools can take advantage of this strategy to avoid scrutiny from skeptics.
Political interference and declining enrollment, two of higher education's most formidable trends, have already begun to impact several colleges and universities this Fall—and at one major university system, the two are coalescing.
With affirmative action ending, blurring the line between both entities seems more critical than ever; higher education needs assurance the student body they are receiving is as diverse as it is prepared.