Cassandra Dergins


In the fall of 2020, Santa Fe College recorded a 12 percent decrease in enrollment, while the College of Central Florida in Ocala saw a decline of more than seven percent. They’re part of the national trend of falling enrollment at community colleges. Recent studies done by the National Student Clearinghouse show that enrollment at community colleges has dropped by over 10 percent nationwide this past fall semester.This trend is disproportionately affecting Black, Hispanic, and Native American students whose national undergraduate enrollment has decreased by 7.5%, 5.4% and 9.6%, respectively, in the fall of 2020. “This pandemic is introducing additional disadvantages for the already disadvantaged,” Ortagus said.

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