Colleges and universities have been hit hard by a pandemic that has disrupted traditional ways of learning. And community colleges have been hit the hardest–some experiencing as much as a 21% drop in enrollment last fall. The numbers are alarming–particularly since community colleges have typically seen robust enrollment during economic downturns.
We’re beginning to understand some of the many factors that have contributed to this decline: vulnerable populations, exhausted students, and technology inequities to name just a few.
Educators at community colleges across the country have responded in unique and innovative ways to the pandemic, leveraging their ties to the community and their laser focus on relationships to weather these unprecedented times.