The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Birth rates, wages, tuition prices, and other factors are leading to cohorts of first-time college-goers that are smaller and more racially diverse every year. If current trends continue, that body of students will enroll in institutions of higher education (IHEs) that are increasingly dependent on tuition dollars, rather than government funding, to cover operating costs.
We developed data models, convened a working group of experts, and supported ongoing research in order to better understand what enrollment decline could mean for students and what IHEs can do to adapt. We call this the MAPS project.