Apr 5 2022

Our Nation’s Enrollment Plunge

Lumina Foundation


Citing January’s National Student Clearinghouse data, higher ed enrollment has been on the decline for a while and took a major downturn over the last two years.  This virtual convening will bring together experts to discuss the implications for those hit the hardest, including students of color, if enrollment doesn’t recover and people don’t get the education needed for good jobs. 


  • Secretary Miguel Cardona, U.S. Department of Education
  • Doug Shapiro, Vice President and Executive Director, National Student Clearinghouse
  • Stephanie Marken, Partner, Gallup 
  • Kim Cook, CEO, National College Attainment Network (NCAN) 
  • Jon Marcus, Editor, Hechinger Report
  • Zipporah Osei, Reporter at Boston.com and Open Campus
  • Under Secretary James Kvaal, U.S. Department of Education
  • Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation
  • Raúl Rodríguez, Chancellor, San José-Evergreen Community College District, California 
  • Rollinda Thomas, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Fayetteville State University
  • Aaron Thompson, President, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
  • Ryan Goertzen, Vice President, Maintenance Workforce Development, AAR  
  • Moderated by Courntey Brown, Vice President of Impact and Planning, Lumina Foundation




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