How the Pandemic Worsened—and Highlighted—Community Colleges’ Chronic Challenges
Lee Gardner, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Many community-college leaders don’t yet know exactly who failed to show up at their campuses, but, anecdotally, there’s a clear consensus. Those less likely to enroll were students of color, undocumented, and low income, says Joseph Garcia, chancellor of the Colorado Community College System.
Why did so many community colleges take such a hit? At the most basic level, no college president alive has led an institution through a crisis like COVID-19. At another level, the pandemic has magnified existing socioeconomic inequities, turning gaps into chasms.