Seeking Tech Antidotes for Enrollment Cliff (Inside Higher Ed)

April 1, 2024

A looming enrollment cliff—expected to bring a massive dip in traditional-aged students—cast a shadow over conversations at the annual UPCEA conference last week.

But many attendees at the online education–focused event in Boston sought to brighten the mood with solutions and tactics that included embracing artificial intelligence and pursuing personalized learning bolstered by microcredentials.

“We’re at a unique moment where it’s a once-in-a-generation time to reinvent higher education,” Bob Hansen, UPCEA’s chief executive officer, told Inside Higher Ed at the event. “You have to have a realistic understanding of turning the ship around in a Panama Canal; it’s not easy to do and they’re not turned around overnight.”

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