Community colleges in Colorado are struggling. Between 2019 and the beginning of the fall semester of 2021, the enrollment rate dropped by 16%. The graduation rate of a university is as low as 17%.
As the strong economy pushes more young people into the labor market, community colleges in the state and across the country have gradually declined over the years, followed by a sharp decline. Colorado universities are now declining income and hope to start again after the pandemic.
Colorado Springs Spike Peak Community College spokesperson Warren Epstein said: “It seems that we shook this snowball, and we are still waiting to see where the snowflakes will fall.”
In response to the economic downturn, the state’s universities handed taxpayer money to students who agreed to stay in school—including $1,000 to some students in Westminster—as well as free laptops and car repairs. This allowed the students to have more money in their pockets, but did not reverse the enrollment trend.
“In general, the most marginalized students are those who have not gone to college,” said Andy Dorsey, the principal of Front Range Community College in the north of the subway. “This is very worrying because these students Often it’s a college student. The best return on investment.”
Full text from Justin Wingate, Denver Post
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