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US community colleges see enrollment drop this year

Friday, July 16, 2021

Significance

President Joe Biden included free community college tuition for all students in his original infrastructure spending bill, and falling numbers have bolstered efforts to link community college access to equity and justice, rather than just education and employment.

Impacts

  • Attracting new faculty with recent industry expertise to community colleges will require investment in teaching how to teach.
  • A volatile labour market will increase the need for lifetime learning, especially for those now in the manual services sector.
  • Two years of post-secondary education will be needed for sustainable employment as employers emphasise skills and credentials.

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