Tuesday, November 22, 2022

The Incredible Shrinking Future Of College


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  The Incredible Shrinking Future Of College

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by Kevin Carey, Vox

"In 2021, Shippensburg University won the NCAA Division II Field Hockey championship, completing an undefeated season with a 3-0 victory over archrival West Chester. The “Ship” Raiders also won it all in 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2013, which I know because I saw it written in big letters on a banner festooning the fieldhouse on Ship’s campus in south-central Pennsylvania when I visited last month.

Ship was in fine form. Young men and women wearing logoed Champion sweatshirts bustled between buildings. There was a line at the coffee shop in the student union. It was the kind of bright-blue autumn day that you would see on a brochure.

There was no way to tell, from the outside, that Ship was a shrinking institution. Or that the problem is about to get a lot worse — not just here, but at colleges and universities nationwide."

>> Situational Awareness: "In four years, the number of students graduating from high schools across the country will begin a sudden and precipitous decline, due to a rolling demographic aftershock of the Great Recession. Traumatized by uncertainty and unemployment, people decided to stop having kids during that period. But even as we climbed out of the recession, the birth rate kept dropping, and we are now starting to see the consequences on campuses everywhere. Classes will shrink, year after year, for most of the next two decades. People in the higher education industry call it “the enrollment cliff.”"

>> What's Next: "This trend will accelerate the winner-take-all dynamic of geographic consolidation that is already upending American politics. College-educated Democrats will increasingly congregate in cities and coastal areas, leaving people without degrees in rural areas and towns. For students who attend less-selective colleges and universities near where they grew up — that is, most college students — the enrollment cliff means fewer options for going to college in person, or none at all."

>> Reality Check: "The problem now is that colleges have likely hit a ceiling in terms of how many 18-year-olds they can coax onto campus. The percentage of young adults with a high school diploma has reached 94 percent. And the immediate college enrollment rate of high school graduates was flat, right around 70 percent, from 2010 to 2018, before dipping in 2019 and 2020 as the job market heated up for less-skilled, lower-wage jobs."

>> What They're Saying: “Presidents these days are in the business of deconstruction,” he said — not in the sense of tearing down what their forebears created, but of rethinking and reconfiguring what universities have and who they are, for leaner times, said Charles Patterson, president of Shippensburg."

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2.  Elite 90 Recipients

Congratulations to the four students who were honored with the Elite 90 Award at the final four of their respective NCAA championship last weekend.

Cross Country (M)Jack Begley, Case Western Reserve
Cross Country (W)Tessa Pitcovich, Ohio Northern
Field HockeyAbby Hainsworth, Rowan
Volleyball (W)Lauren Keller, MIT


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3. All-Americans Named

All-America honors for the 2022 NCAA Division III Cross Country season were announced on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Athletes from member institutions earned All-America recognition by finishing among the top-40 athletes in their gender’s respective races this past weekend at the 2022 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in East Lansing, Michigan.

MIT and Johns Hopkins were among the most honored programs. The Engineers led all teams in East Lansing, Michigan, with five All-America plaudits, meaning their entire scoring lineup landed among the top-40 athletes. The Blue Jays tied for the second-most among women’s programs with UChicago at four each (Wartburg took the All-America crown for the women).

Here are the conferences that had the most athletes earn All-America honors for their efforts. 

American Rivers Conference - 11
UAA - 8

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4. Statesmen, Panthers Remain On Top

The Hobart men remained atop the latest USCHO.com DIII ice hockey rankings this week, but Adrian and Geneseo fell three and five spots, respectively, from their No. 2 and 3 perch last weekend.

Middlebury is still No. 1 in the women's poll as the top seven teams remained in the same spot as last week.

  1. Hobart (20), 8-0
  2. St. Norbert, 5-0-1
  3. Augsburg, 5-1-1
  4. Utica, 6-2
  5. Adrian, 5-2-1
  6. Oswego State, 6-1
  7. Babson, 5-1-1
  8. Geneseo, 4-3-1
  9. Norwich, 5-1
  10. Trinity, 2-0
>> Complete Poll

  1. Middlebury (18), 2-0
  2. Gustavus Adolphus (2), 8-0
  3. Plattsburgh State, 7-0
  4. Elmira, 7-0
  5. Nazareth, 6-0
  6. UW-River Falls, 5-1
  7. Adrian, 8-0
  8. Norwich, 4-1
  9. UW-Eau Claire, 5-2
  10. Colby, 0-0
>> Complete Poll

5.  Lightning Round 


  • Host sites were selected for the 2nd round of the NCAA Division III football championship - Saint John's, Alma, Mount Union, Delaware Valley, North Central, Ithaca, Trinity, Linfield.
  • Hunter College has announced a $52 million gift from Leonard Lauder, chairman emeritus of the Estée Lauder Companies, in honor of his late wife, Evelyn, a Hunter alumna. The funds will be used to expand Hunter’s 1,200-student nursing school.

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  • Cake and candles for Douglas Wall, Wheaton football alum and fan.

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