Is the most recent change in focus for Gap Year students a sign of things to come in higher ed? Perhaps. One thing we can say with confidence is that the steep and ongoing decline in acceptance rates at selective colleges is almost certainly going to increase the number of students taking a Gap Year.
At last fall’s Gap Year Association Annual Conference, Bob Clagett, Gap Year Research Consortium Coordinator, reviewed results from a post-gap year survey that seven colleges and universities sent out to their gap year students from 2020-21 after they finished their gap year.
My third son just started college, after deciding not to take a Gap Year…At the end of the day, he exemplifies what I hope for all students: full awareness of the Gap Year option and its benefits, and then a thoughtful CHOICE about whether or not to defer the start of college.
A big part of the mission of Gap Year Solutions is to raise awareness of Gap Years and help understand the many benefits of taking Gap time. So we thought it would be useful to provide answers to some of the questions we commonly hear during our educational webinars.
Schools with the highest rates of Gap Year deferrals were also those with 100% remote learning in fall 2020. With one exception, every school responding to our survey indicated that their policy for Gap Year deferrals for the Class of 2025 will be the same as last year. Visit our latest post to access the full list and deferral data.
Bob Clagett, a leader in the Gap Year movement, talks about the effort to build data on Gap Year outcomes