Lessons Learned from Idaho’s Direct Admission Experiment

Beginning in 2015, Idaho high school students with a 3.0 GPA or better after their junior year were told they had been accepted into all eight of the state’s public colleges.

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, three years letter, the initiative’s success is dependent on who you ask. First-time resident freshman enrolling directly after high school graduation spiked by 6.7 percent state-wide. But this enrollment increase can largely be attributed to Boise State University and the University of Idaho, while other 2-year institutions and community colleges have experienced enrollment declines. Lower-band academic students are also struggling to keep up academically and stay on campus.

The takeaway? Establishing the expectation of college after high school can be powerful and effective. But we must be prepared to help support those newly excited students who say yes to this degree promise.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.