Higher education’s sea change

Higher education in the U.S. is in the midst of a sea change, forcing schools to adapt with the times.

It suggests that there’s a broader question about the value of college and particularly concerns about student debt and paying for college and potential labor market returns,” Doug Shapiro, the executive director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, said earlier this year, per the New York Times.

College enrollment had been trending downward, and the pandemic accelerated the trend.

The total number of undergraduate students in the U.S. dropped by nearly 10% during the pandemic, PBS NewsHour reports.

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