Pandemic sends ripples through Valley higher ed enrollment

An unprecedented year has brought unprecedented changes to the enrollment numbers of the Rio Grande Valley’s largest higher education institutions, changes that are both good and bad.

Although the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley reports an increase of 3,505 students from last fall, South Texas College has experienced a decrease in enrollment of 4,552 students in the same period, representing a decrease of about 13.8%.

The sharp decline is a local example of a nationwide phenomenon that’s caused enrollment at community colleges to shrink anywhere from 5% to 30%.

It’s also, according to STC Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Matthew Hebbard, evidence of how the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affects the demographic that makes up the student bodies at community colleges.

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Capture Introduces Higher Ed’s First Outcomes-Based Pricing Model for University Enrollment and Marketing

New outcomes-based pricing model allows eligible colleges and universities to purchase Capture’s leading-edge recruitment technology and marketing support through an agreement that balances risk and rewards performance

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — | As colleges and universities grapple with disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Capture is redoubling its commitment to higher ed recruiting by introducing a new outcomes-based pricing model. The move allows select universities to partner with Capture to support their marketing and recruitment efforts through a pricing model that balances risk and rewards performance.

Colleges and universities of all types and sizes have been dramatically affected by the pandemic. Today, they face declining revenue projections, slashed budgets, layoffs and seismic changes in recruitment, marketing and fundraising environments. Through the introduction of outcomes-based pricing, Capture stands with these universities by sharing financial risk during an uncertain time in the industry.

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