Shepherd University attracts students despite national trend away from higher education | WDVM25 and DCW50

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (WDVM) — It’s a sign of the times of the pandemic: a sharp drop in college enrollment. But in eastern West Virginia, Shepherd University is filling its classrooms.

It may simply be because of declining birth rates. Availability of employment. Guess the value of a university degree. As a result, higher education enrollment is declining.

But, Kelly Hart, vice president of enrollment management at Shepherd University, said the explanation may be that “it’s an amazing community, and I think it’s obvious that we care. deeply about our students and their success”.

Hart says the school‘s generous financial aid and personal attention to students assures them of superior educational value. Julia Franks has worked directly with students and said coming out of pandemic restrictions, and students can understandably be a little freaked out.

“Higher education, college, can be very scary,” Franks said. “Especially in the years we have been in this pandemic. Everything is very different and students are often not prepared for this feeling of freedom.

James Moore from the Charleston, West Virginia area graduated this year. Was his education as a shepherd worth it?

“Shepherd has helped me set goals — daily goals, weekly goals, and even monthly goals,” Moore said. “Basically conquering the day, then preparing for tomorrow.”

Julia Franks said these close student-faculty relationships took a long time to prepare for the job market.

“And the teachers really want to help our students,” Franks said. Unfortunately, studies indicate that previous college limits job opportunities and presents more health and social problems. And Shepherd University continues to buck the national trend.

US labor statistics indicate that those without a college degree are 40% more likely to be unemployed and are more likely to depend on social services than those pursuing higher education.

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