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College Enrollment During the Pandemic: Texas and the U.S.

Posted: November 01, 2021 by Dennis W. Jansen, Andrew J. Rettenmaier
Enrollment in colleges and universities across the county has fallen over the past two years. Based on results from the National Student Clearinghouse, enrollment at public four-year colleges and universities fell 2.3% from 2020 to 2021 and fell 4.6% between 2019 and 2021.1 Community College enrollment fell even more at 9% between 201...
Tags: Economic Trends, Education

Sacrificing Education to Covid-19: The Texas Story

Posted: July 06, 2021 by Dennis W. Jansen, Andrew J. Rettenmaier
The Covid-19 pandemic and our response to it has certainly generated much discussion and even controversy about the relative weights on public health and economic health.  Perhaps even more important to our nation’s long-term future is the pandemic’s impact on our system of public education.  In terms of how they would oper...
Tags: Education

Higher Education Enrollment Takes A Hit

Posted: December 03, 2020 by Ashley Bullock, Dennis W. Jansen, Andrew J. Rettenmaier
Yet again we have events in 2020 bucking a long-standing trend.  This time it is college enrollment during a recession.  Traditionally enrollment in public and private 2-year and 4-year colleges increases rather dramatically during an economic recession.  With fewer employment options many individuals return to school, or stay in ...
Tags: Education

Texas A&M University Highly Ranked for Freedom of Speech on Campus

Posted: October 01, 2020 by Ashley Bullock
“If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the Government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.” -- Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989) Colleges and universities, ideally, are places where one can he...
Tags: Education

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