"Community college enrollment nationwide appears to have dropped again this fall, compounding dramatic losses seen earlier in the pandemic. Taken together, enrollment at those colleges is on track to drop more than 14 percent in just two years, according to first-look estimates released this week by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

The big idea: But averages don’t tell the full story. Some colleges and even entire states are seeing increased enrollment—especially those with free, state-subsidized, or targeted programs. Michigan, for example, is an outlier with overall undergraduate enrollment up slightly this fall with about half of its colleges reporting, and some community colleges are seeing big jumps. Those gains haven’t made up for losses earlier in the pandemic, but they provide support for the state’s strategy of heavily focusing on working adults. And they hint at career-focused approaches that might work elsewhere." Continue reading here.

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