American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) is developing guidance on a range of topics in support of institutions of higher education. As many need to adjust, review and consider their practices in response to the impact of COVID-19 on normal operations. To help us develop this guidance and our members understanding of how other institutions are responding to COVID-19, we have begun to deploy a series of rapidly developed practice impact surveys. This is the second report based on those surveys which focuses on enrollment indicators for summer and fall, admissions practice changes and course delivery methods changes for fall. Admissions practice changes includes admissions decisions, course placement, orientation, advising and registration.
The survey was open for 2 business days and we received 262 responses in that timeframe (91% from U.S. institutions). We are grateful to our members for taking the time to respond to this survey in the midst of unprecedented institutional needs. We hope the resulting data will help inform practice.
It is worth noting that summer and fall 2020 enrollment changes may also be attributed to factors other than the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, WICHE’s forecast for high school graduates shows declines, and until a few weeks ago, the favorable economy was having some level of impact on community college enrollments.
This release highlights the aggregate data. The full report provides some differentiation by institutional type.