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How The Pandemic Highlights Racial Disparities In Higher Education

Typically during a recession, community college enrollment goes up as unemployed workers start looking for new skills. But that’s not happening this time around, signaling trouble for the economy and individual families going forward, particularly for lower-income students and students of color. This is part of a PBS NewsHour ongoing series, “Rethinking College.”

Community colleges have seen enrollment plummet 10.1 percent compared to last year, nearly 21 percent among freshmen and almost a 30 percent drop for freshmen who are either Black, Hispanic or Native American in each group.

The total loss at public two-year schools? More than 540,000 fewer students compared to last fall, put another way, more than the population of Atlanta.

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