3 Trends That will Affect Higher Education in 2018

3 Trends That will Affect Higher Education in 2018
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    The year is coming to an end and people are now crystal balling what to expect in 2018.

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The year is coming to an end and people are now crystal balling what to expect in 2018. There are major changes on the way in the coming year which are likely to adversely affect the higher learning institutions.

While it’s close to impossible to predict what colleges have planned next year, especially with a new president in office, there are predictable patterns and themes that are hard to miss. As a student or lecturer here is what you should expect in the coming year.

1) Higher education prices are still on the rise

Unfortunately, the rising trend of higher education costs is not ending anytime soon. According to research by the College Board, there was a 2.9% increase in the tuition fee across the board. From graduate degrees to two-year public schooling. Not only are tuition fees rising, but also room and board costs.

The rise is getting out of hand and soon the prices will become unsustainable. The cause of the hotly debated issue has yet to be established with excuses coming from the College Board. Unfortunately, the trend is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

2) Re-examination of programs to support international students

There are two things that drive most campuses to court international students: diversity on the campus and the tuition fee. According to a report by the ACE published in 2012, the international student program is barely utilized.

An update of the report is scheduled to be released later this month and is likely to push the international student’s program forward as higher learning institutions scramble for additional revenue streams under increasing cuts to state funding.

3) Industries that are likely to higher more grads

The overall hiring expectation has been on the increase for the past two years. As a student, you might wonder what the job market has to do with the college trends. There are many niche learning and micro credentials requirements in response to the job availability.

In other words, the more time you dedicate in the field sharpening your skills, the higher the chances of landing a job quickly. According to Forbes, these are the most flexible hiring industries.

  1. Information Services: 60%
  2. Administrative Services: 49%
  3. Wholesale Trade: 46%
  4. Transportation: 32%
  5. Healthcare and Social Assistance: 32%
  6. Professional, Business & Scientific Services: 30%
  7. Construction: 29%
  8. Nonprofits: 23%
  9. Agriculture: 21%
  10. Retail Trade: 19%
  11. Educational Services: 17%
  12. Accommodations & Food Services: 17%
  13. Government: 7%
  14. Finance and Insurance: 7%
  15. Real Estate & Leasing: 6%
  16. Manufacturing: -3%

Conclusion

If you are planning to act on any of these trends in the foreseeable future, remember, institutions are now incorporating internationally focused goals into their mission statements and strategic plans through online platforms.

If you liked this piece on the upcoming college trends, share it with people around you and help in increasing the productivity of college graduates. While the progress is encouraging, data also highlights areas where improvements are still needed.

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