Podcast: What’s Behind Enrollment Declines at Community Colleges?

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Michael Baston, president of Rockland Community College in New York, joins FutureU hosts Jeff Selingo and Michael B. Horne to discuss the steep decline in community colleges’ enrollments since COVID-19 and what it will take to boost student outcomes.

“First of all, you’re seeing the rise of new industries as a result of the pandemic,” Baston said. “You’re going to see a greater reliance on healthcare and the allied health folks that are going to be needed as we move forward… Those are going to require shorter-term credentials that the community college can actually offer and quite frankly our four-year partners don’t want to offer.”

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