Key Facts and Research on Changes in College-Going

Author: Celeste Carruthers, Steven Gentile (THEC)

Publication Date: May 23, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic may have fundamentally altered the trajectory of college-going, retention, and completion rates for students nationwide and the Drive to 55 in Tennessee. We review the data on key student metrics for East Tennessee, examine the evidence on the causes of shifting student behavior, and evaluate possible policy options with key stakeholders.