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How Community Colleges Can Lead Our Economic Recovery

Community colleges — often viewed as the postsecondary system’s workhorses of economic growth and mobility — have seen their enrollments dip by over 10 percent during the months of the pandemic. But new, hyperlocal demand-mapping research shows that across the country, millions of adults, themselves dealing with the pandemic’s ramifications on their careers, have strong intentions to enroll in community college or technical school over the next two years.

State funding for two-year colleges declined this year while four-year colleges saw a small dip

Four-year institutions have fared better than two-year colleges when it comes to state support, a split that might be tied to enrollment declines.

Community College Graduates and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Community college graduates earn more, have more stable jobs, work in sectors and firms less susceptible to disruptions from COVID-19, and, notably, are able to mitigate the direct effects of the virus.

Analysis: Low-income community college students most likely to report canceling college plans

The pandemic is widening equity gaps as more low-income students and students of color leave higher ed.

Study Finds Connection Between Public Community College Promise Programs and Enrollment Increases

A new study funded by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) found a correlation between public community college promise programs and an increase in enrollment among female and underrepresented students.

How colleges can make prior learning assessment more equitable

One in 10 students got credit for work experience, with low rates among Black, low-income and community college students, a recent study found.
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