Interested in learning about the COVID-19 impact on community college enrollment and innovative practices that campuses put in place to support students? Read our new report, Illuminating Innovations: Protecting Student Enrollment at California Community Colleges Amid a Pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally altered almost all aspects of daily life as people around the world grappled with a global public health emergency, as well as unprecedented economic and social consequences. COVID-19’s impact on our schools, colleges, and universities was far-reaching, student enrollment at community colleges dropped by 19% from Fall 2019 to Fall 2021, with disproportionate losses among Black and Latinx students enrolled in or heading to the state’s 116 community colleges.

This report provides a campus-by-campus analysis of enrollment changes from Fall 2019 to Fall 2021. Following interviews with dozens of campus leaders, the report documents efforts employed by community college campuses to support students.


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