Unapologetic Leadership for Black Learner Success
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government and higher education institutions have fed the public a steady diet of bad enrollment news. Public health concerns increased responsibilities to care for and educate school-aged children and disrupted jobs and industries. All these factors contribute to recent enrollment declines at institutions of higher education. But we need to look closer at the data. Over half a million – 579,000 to be exact – Black students have left the American higher education system since 2011. Before and during COVID, most of these students vanished from our most affordable and accessible institutions – our community colleges.
Originally published: December 8, 2022
Author: Keith Curry
Institution: Compton College
Published by: Diverse Issues in Higher Education