The college & University student in the U.S. in 2019 is

Fifteen characteristics of U.S. college and university students and schools


The college and university student in the United States in 2019 is:



Older and female

Hispanic and Asian

Selecting schools based on affordability, internship programs, career counseling services, and job placement at graduation

Attending school closer to home

 Attending college part-time

 Enrolling in several schools and has multiple transcripts

Enrolling in schools with good service learning programs

 Enrolling in schools offering competency-based options

Accumulating stackable credentials

Enrolling in classes on-line and on-campus

Enrolling in at least one Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Enrolling in classes on the week-end and in the evening

 Attending school year round

 Participating in at least one internship program

Enrolling in continuing education courses throughout life


Characteristics of U.S. colleges and universities in 2019:

Will focus on creating vision statements to replace mission statements

Will place greater emphasis on human resources and hiring practices

Will offer classes year-round, in classrooms and on-line

Will accept MOOC courses and competency based courses toward degree completion

Will offer classes and/or combined degrees with other colleges and universities both in the United States and worldwide

May be part of a merger or acquisition

Will have a chief innovation officer on staff

Will replace the traditional transcript with one that stresses outcomes and competencies for each completed course

Will partner with area businesses to offer relevant courses

Will have a robust internship program

Will abandon totally, or in part, the current tuition discounting model and current business plan through strategic and innovative uses of technology

Will create opportunities for international students to enroll in courses without leaving their home countries

Will focus on outcomes based on real time data analytics

Will abandon five year strategic plans and replace with annual strategic plans



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About Marguerite Dennis

Marguerite Dennis has been recruiting internationally for over 25 years, first at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and then at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. During that time she was responsible for establishing a branch campus for Suffolk University in Dakar, Senegal and Madrid, Spain. Marguerite increased the international student population at Suffolk University by 193% from 1993 to 2011 and increased the number of study abroad programs by 135%, from 20 to 47. She monitored the recruitment programs for Suffolk University in 20 countries and hired a network of 10 international educational consultants. She signed agreements in Viet Nam, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Germany, Mexico, France and Argentina.

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