Knocking at the College Door: Projections Point to Emerging Needs for Diverse Student Population

October 3, 2013 Sarah Ohle Brian T. Prescott

The demographics of high school graduates are changing, and the reshaping of the racial and ethnic composition of our nation's high school graduating classes has profound implications for colleges and universities and for faculty and staff members who work to promote student success. This article summarizes the findings from the eighth edition of Knocking at the College Door, a report published in 2012 by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. The findings are placed into the broader public policy context facing higher education with suggestions for how the student affairs profession can support the needs of a diverse student body in the years to come.