Community colleges serve a diverse student population, including students who have immigrated to the United States and students who grew up speaking languages other than English. These students often face unique challenges on their path to a college degree or credential. Supporting their educational attainment enriches our campus communities and strengthens our country as a Read More »
DataPoints: Enrollment by race/ethnicity Between fall 2010 and 2020, the shares of public two-year college students who were Hispanic and Asian increased, while the shares of students who were White and Black declined, according to a College Board analysis. Hispanic students comprised about 28% of community college students in 2020, up from about 19% in Read More »
More than one-third (36%) of Latino postsecondary education students in fall 2020 were enrolled at a public two-year college, compared to 47% enrolled at a public four-year institution, according to an Excelencia in Education analysis of federal data. Of degrees earned by Latinos in 2019-20, 28% earned an associate degree and 26% earned a certificate, Read More »
Sometimes it’s worth emphasizing the obvious: A larger percentage of community college students pay for their own education than students attending four-year colleges. But results from a new Cengage survey of 1,200 undergraduate students ages 18 to 44 (see graph below) show just how big the gap is between the two groups: 61% of four-year Read More »
For the first time in 20 years, the number of Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) in the U.S. has decreased. It dropped by 10 institutions, from 569 in 2019-20 to 559 in 2020-21, according to analysis by Excelencia in Education. The decrease is due, in part, to enrollment declines, institutional closings and consolidation during the pandemic, the advocacy group said. HSIs Read More »
In fall 2020, more than half (52%) of both Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native undergraduates were enrolled in public two-year colleges, according to a College Board analysis of federal data. Between 35% and 44% of members from other racial/ethnic groups attended these colleges. Hispanic students also comprised more than one-quarter (28%) of students at public two-year colleges, Read More »
Nearly half (48%) of American workers between ages 24 and 64 have used community colleges at some point in their lives, according to a recent report from the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University. Of those who did tap community colleges, about one-quarter (26%) did so as adults, well after graduating from high Read More »
Two out every three students at community colleges work while enrolled. Read the full PDF.
Current and former military personnel are more likely to enroll at community colleges than in other higher education sectors. Read the full PDF.
While overall enrollment in community colleges is decreasing, their enrollment of high school students is rising. Read the full PDF.