Helix Education and Inside Higher Ed Release Findings from Enrollment Growth Predictions Research College and University Presidents Weigh in on Business, Financial, and Political Issues; Findings Reveal Continued Concern for Meeting Enrollment Targets

The results are in from the 2017 Survey of College and University Presidents, and the study concluded that more than eight in ten presidents are concerned about having enough institutional aid to enroll future graduates, as well as enrolling their college’s target number of undergraduates. These findings are among the many enrollment growth related insights that Helix Education and Inside Higher Ed will present in their upcoming webinar on May 2nd. Participants can register for the free event here.

“It’s no surprise that increased competition and market complexities are taking a toll on institutions as they strive to grow enrollments at scale,” said Matthew Schnittman, President and CEO of Helix Education. “While the good news is that there appears to be a greater sense of confidence in institutions’ financial health, which can help fuel sustainable enrollment growth, the hard facts that surround their enrollment numbers and predictions remain a significant pain point. Enroll­ing low-income students, maintaining acceptable student retention rates, and hitting enrollment targets continue to weigh heavy on the minds of presidents.”

Inside Higher Ed editor, Scott Jaschik, along with Helix Education’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Chris Edwards, will do a deep dive into the survey findings during the webinar. College and university presidents were asked to share their views on enrollment influencers, including business, financial and political issues. Additionally, other topics covered in the survey included race relations, higher education’s image, federal higher education policy, effects of the Trump election on higher education, and speaking out on political matters.

Helix Education provided support for the research, which was conducted by Inside Higher Ed and Gallup. Data was compiled from 706 survey respondents representing 385 public institutions and 292 private institutions. Educators can download their free copy of the 2017 Survey of College and University Presidents to gain further insights into this year’s higher education landscape.

Danielle Caldwell

Danielle Caldwell is the Content Marketing Manager at Helix Education. Prior to her work with Helix, Danielle served as a full-time faculty member with Westminster College’s Master of Strategic Communication program in Salt Lake City. Danielle brings nearly a decade of experience in research, communication, and higher education, and she currently still teaches graduate courses in organizational communication and research methods as an adjunct professor at Westminster College.