"When one considers recent National Student Clearinghouse Research Center data showing a COVID-related 10 percent enrollment decline from fall 2019 to fall 2020, a 19 percent decline of first-year students this year and a 30 percent drop in enrollment for Black, Indigenous and Latinx first-year students, it is evident that community colleges need a new game plan for stable enrollment and serving the community.

As with the issues of health care, employment and housing, the pandemic has exposed larger systemic problems that disproportionately affect the most vulnerable in our communities. And just as with those other issues, our goal should not be to return to how things were before COVID but to create a holistic system and set of policies that allow us to best serve the students who need us. We need a new access agenda that is embedded in communities and that brings together schools, community organizations and employers as partners to think comprehensively about the needs of our students and communities." Read more here.

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