Who’s Missing From California’s Community Colleges?
Emma Hall, Emily Forschen, Emily Magaretten, and Oden Taylor, CalMatters
California community colleges watched their enrollment drop dramatically during the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 300,000 fewer students enrolled in fall 2021 compared with fall 2019.
Many Californians who dropped out from community college were challenged by online learning, financial needs, and mental health. Some intended, or still intend, to re-enroll, although the decision to leave community college sent all of them down new paths.