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Community College Success: How Are Some Community Colleges Attracting More Students and Increasing Graduation Numbers, Counter to the Prevailing Trends
Experts predicted that community colleges would grow enrollment when COVID-19 emerged and the recession started in 2020. But that didn’t happen. Instead, recent data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center continues to show public community colleges being hardest hit in enrollment, experiencing a 7.8% enrollment decline over spring 2021.

In the coming months, higher ed will need to implement an array of approaches to offset these consecutive enrollment decreases. Without these essential students, institutions of all types -- not just community colleges -- may fail to meet future enrollment and diversity goals. Historically, community college students are more diverse than their peers at four-year institutions and represent a significant percentage of transfer students to four-year institutions.

Hear Inside Higher Ed Editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman share their analysis and thoughts about current community college student success efforts, including the:
• Projected enrollment at community colleges for Fall 2022
• Direct and indirect implications for higher ed as a whole if these enrollment decreases continue for the long-term
• Common hurdles that have kept completion rates low and remedial needs high for a large portion of community college students
• Innovative strategies that community colleges are now exploring -- involving orientation, registration deadlines, assessment, curriculum updates and more -- and those being abandoned

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Scott Jaschik
Co-founder and Editor @Inside Higher Ed
Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Doug Lederman
Co-founder and Editor @Inside Higher Ed
Doug Lederman is editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed. He helps lead the news organization's editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings and on campuses around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. Doug was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. Before that, Doug had worked at The Chronicle since 1986 in a variety of roles, first as an athletics reporter and editor. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, including one in 2009 for a series of Inside Higher Ed articles he co-wrote on college rankings. He began his career as a news clerk at The New York Times. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated in 1984 from Princeton University.